Project objectives

  • Explore process-based models with the aim to identify the best strategy to simulate long-term coastal evolution of sandy coasts.
  • Explore different approaches to schematize boundary conditions in order to be able to simulate long-term coastal processes.
  • Develop Duna and ShorelineS models further…
  • Create a solution for modeling long-term (years to decades) evolution of sandy coasts integrating marine and aeolian processes, and both cross-shore (1D approach) and longshore (oneline or coastline approach) processes.
  • Validate the developed approach.

  • Fixed dune ridge with a relatively sparse vegetation cover typical of the Mediterranean Biogeographic Region. This ridge features the emerged or subaerial part of the sandy peninsula of Anc√£o in the Ria Formosa, South Portugal
  • Colonization and sand fixation of the beach-dune transition by dune plants
  • The efficiency of dune plants trapping sediment and building new accretionary features (nebkas)
  • Dune grasses growth strategies can keep pace with sand burial
  • Retreating shorelines showing high magnitude fresh scarps
  • Dune scarps can be covered by sand ramps and ultimately fixed by courageous dune plants
  • Beach dynamics, the ability of shorelines of moving rapidly back and forth (note the presence of more than one beach scarp in the image)
  • Rapid response (erosion and recovery) of the emerged beach profile after the impact of storm Emma on 28th February 2018 at Faro Beach, Ria Formosa, South Portugal