Systematic Variations in Offshore Bathymetry.
VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
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Bathymetric profiles taken from the shoreline to 9 miles 14 kilometers offshore along the United States Atlantic and Gulf coasts were analyzed for characteristic forms using an eigenvector analysis. The representation of the data in eigenvector space indicates the existence of highly organized regional trends and subtrends along the coast in nearshore continental shelf form. These trends are statistically related to other coastal geomorphic attributes such as length of coast unbroken by rivers, bays and inlets, and barrier-island width. The high degree of organization found suggests the existence of a regional organization of waves and currents.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography