Coastal Dunes

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Sand transported landward from the beach by aeolian processes is the principal sediment input to coastal dunes, and the width of the beach is critical in providing sediment to the dune. Vegetation influences dune morphology, but morphology also determines subsequent growing conditions for vegetation. Dunes are mobile and change size, shape and location in response to changes in wave erosion, wind conditions and vegetation growth, all of which are affected by climate change. Human actions have played a key role in the past by eliminating dunes for construction, destabilizing dunes by destroying vegetation cover, and stabilizing dunes through use of sand fences and vegetation plantings. Human actions will be increasingly important in creating and maintaining dunes in the future as population pressure and rising sea levels restrict the space available for coastal landforms to evolve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoastal Environments and Global Change
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119117261
ISBN (Print)9780470656594
StatePublished - Mar 13 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


  • Aeolian processes
  • Climate change
  • Coastal dunes
  • Human actions
  • Seal levels
  • Vegetation


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