A synthesis of Alabama beach states and nourishment histories

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dc.contributor Senkbeil, Jason
dc.contributor Cherry, Julia
dc.contributor.advisor Davis, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Watkins, Adam David
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:48:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:48:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000723
dc.identifier.other Watkins_alatus_0004M_10844
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1228
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Five reaches of Alabama beaches were geomorphologically classified using established techniques from the literature. Different methods of obtaining wave data for the purpose of beach classification were compared. Complete buoy data of wave heights and wave periods were available for only two of five sites, and these were used to test the validity of field and computer model data used in place of buoy data. A nourishment index was created and used to quantify the beach nourishment history of each site, and a relationship between this value and beach state was measured. The classification of beach states found Alabama beaches will most likely remain in the dissipative regime under current climate and tectonic conditions. Using only field and model data to determine beach state was found to produce results similar to buoy data in some instances, but these instances were not enough to indicate the methods used for this study can be used as a sole method of replacing buoy data. Using these selected methods of describing beach state and nourishment history found a strong but not statistically significant relationship between the two variables.
dc.format.extent 85 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geomorphology
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.title A synthesis of Alabama beach states and nourishment histories
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography
etdms.degree.discipline Geography
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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