Support of Subtidal Tracer Studies to Quantify the Complex Morphodynamics of a River Outlet: the Bevano, NE Italy. - BRGM - Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières Access content directly
Journal Articles Journal of Coastal Research Year : 2006

Support of Subtidal Tracer Studies to Quantify the Complex Morphodynamics of a River Outlet: the Bevano, NE Italy.

Abstract

Evolution of tidal inlets or river outlets has been widely described all over the world. However, most conceptual models are based on the long term perspective and field measurements to confirm these evolution schemes are scarce. The objective of the present study is to quantify the processes occurring at a small river outlet, the Bevano, during fair weather conditions. Subtidal fluorescent sand tracer method involving a new detection tool were used in the inlet and along the adjacent coast to assess sediment transport and bypassing processes. At the river mouth, sediment fluxes confirm an efficient bypass of sand through the inlet's channel. However, this sediment transport is combined with migration processes of the channel (40min 2 months), and yields a self-alimentation of both updrift and downdrift coasts. As it has already been observed at small tidal inlets, migration of the Bevano river mouth results from the erosion of the downdrift coast, and readjustment of the cross-section by the longshore transport on the updrift coast. The detection device used for subtidal tracing has given encouraging results and will be improved in order to work in more dynamic environments.
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hal-01766357 , version 1 (13-04-2018)

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Yann Balouin, Paolo Ciavola, Michel Denis. Support of Subtidal Tracer Studies to Quantify the Complex Morphodynamics of a River Outlet: the Bevano, NE Italy.. Journal of Coastal Research, 2006, SI39, pp.602-606. ⟨hal-01766357⟩
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