Form-Process Relationships on Island Coasts.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE COASTAL STUDIES INST
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Variations in geometric properties and spatial arrangement of major coastal morphologic landforms beaches, cliffs, rocky shores, and swamps of the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent were compared to coastal process sectors established by variations in mean wave power levels. Multivariate analysis of variance results indicate that the spatial arrangement of coastal morphologic landforms cannot be predicted from wave power distribution alone. The results of statistical and probabilistic analyses demonstrate the collective and individual contributions of geometric and process variables within the general context of two process-response conceptual models. A significant amount of the variability in geometric properties of the coastal morphologic landform units is attributed to wave power distribution patterns. Modified author abstract
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
- Civil Engineering