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Water 2017, 9(6), 364;

Shoreline Response to a Sequence of Typhoon and Monsoon Events

LEGOS (Université de Toulouse/CNRS/CNES/IRD), 31400 Toulouse, France
Faculty of Marine and Coastal Engineering, Thuyloi University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8576, Japan
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Academic Editor: Maurizio Barbieri
Received: 11 April 2017 / Revised: 16 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 23 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sediment Transport in Coastal Waters)
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Shoreline continuously adapts to changing multi-scale wave forcing. This study investigates the shoreline evolution of tropical beaches exposed to monsoon events and storms with a case study in Vietnam, facing the South China Sea, over the particularly active 2013–2014 season, including the Cat-5 Haiyan typhoon. Our continuous video observations show for the first time that long-lasting monsoon events have more persistent impact (longer beach recovery phase) than typhoons. Using a shoreline equilibrium model, we estimate that the seasonal shoreline behavior is driven by the envelope of intra-seasonal events rather than monthly-averaged waves. Finally, the study suggests that the interplay between intra-seasonal event intensity and duration on the one hand and recovery conditions on the other might be of key significance. Their evolution in a variable or changing climate should be considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: Vietnam; South China Sea; erosion; recovery; storminess; winter monsoon; typhoons Vietnam; South China Sea; erosion; recovery; storminess; winter monsoon; typhoons

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Almar, R.; Marchesiello, P.; Almeida, L.P.; Thuan, D.H.; Tanaka, H.; Viet, N.T. Shoreline Response to a Sequence of Typhoon and Monsoon Events. Water 2017, 9, 364.

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