Methods for analysing bedform geometry and dynamics

Thaienne Van Dijk, Roderik Lindenbergh

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Rhythmic bedforms of different spatial scales are common in the marine environment. In
shallow seas, the monitoring of bedforms is important because changes in morphology may
interfere with offshore infrastructure and navigation. In addition, investigating bedform
dynamics improves our understanding of the processes that cause their behaviour.
Quantified bedform characterization also contributes to the validation of morphodynamic
models. Modern, high-precision and high-resolution bathymetric data enable the detailed
analysis of bedforms. Several semi-automated methods (e.g. geostatistical and spectral
techniques) have been developed to quantify the geometry (size and shape) and dynamics
(growth, change in shape and migration) of subaqueous bedforms. An overview of these
different approaches is given and differences in use and potential are described.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtlas of bedforms in the western Mediterranean
EditorsJ. Guillen, J. Acosta, A. Palanques, F. Chiocci
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-33940-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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