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 Ancão 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