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Spatial changes of beach profiles for a small tidal inlet (Currumbin Creek, Australia)

By S. Shaeri, R. B. Tomlinson, A. Etemad-Shahidi and D. Strauss


Many tidal inlets are actively monitored to investigate the change in flood or ebb shoals, as these sand deposits can have a major influence on the sediment budget of the adjacent coast. However, here it is hypothesized that the shores of the back barrier area can also act as a source of sediment to be considered in the sediment budget. Therefore, profile changes around Currumbin Creek tidal inlet were considered to identify the extent of such a contribution on the surrounding beach and the overall evolution of the inlet system. The results of 16 weeks survey showed that in general, the shores of the back barrier lagoon had a very marginal effect in the provision of material to the sand budget, although the gorge area is highly vulnerable and dynamic. Even an intense storm event and heavy rainfall during the data collection period, resulting in erosion of the surrounding beaches, showed no significant influence on the shore face of the lagoon

Topics: Beach profile evolution, Currumbin Creek, Small tidal inlet, Flood shoal dredging
Publisher: The University of Queensland
Year: 2014
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