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Hydrometeorological Conditions for the Occurrence of Aeolian Processes on the Southern Baltic Coast in Poland

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Institute of Geography, Department of Landscape History Research, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, 85-033 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Krygowski 10, 61-680 Poznań, Poland
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Water 2018, 10(12), 1745; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10121745
Received: 15 September 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 26 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
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Abstract

This article presents the temporal and spatial variability of hydrometeorological conditions conducive aeolian processes on the Southern Baltic coastal zone in Poland. The analysis made use of daily meteorological (wind, temperature, and rainfall) and hydrological (sea level) data from 1961 to 2010. Data for four stations (Świnoujście, Kołobrzeg, Ustka, Hel) were provided by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management in Warsaw. A time decomposition of hydrometeorological conditions conducive to the initiation and intensification of aeolian processes in the coastal zone was also performed. In addition to their scientific significance, the temporal and spatial conditions for aeolian processes on the Baltic coast of Poland have an essential utilitarian significance. Modern aeolian processes on the Baltic coast limit the development potential of the coastal zone. Aeolian processes have a positive and negative impact on geomorphological transformation of the sea coast. They take part in the reconstruction of the beach and foredunes after storms. In periods between storms, coastal wind is seen to decrease the balance of beach sediments and lowers the beach area. On the other hand, onshore wind favors, among other things, filling of tourist infrastructure and development located at the hinterland of the beach and dunes. Hydrometeorological conditions especially favorable to the intensification of aeolian processes are the main determinants of geomorphological changes in the coastal zone (some of which can be extreme). Temporal and spatial analysis of hydrometeorological conditions conducive to aeolian processes is important for many areas of human activity, especially those concerning protection, management, and development of the coast. View Full-Text
Keywords: aeolian processes; hydrometeorological conditions; onshore and offshore winds; Southern Baltic coast aeolian processes; hydrometeorological conditions; onshore and offshore winds; Southern Baltic coast
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Hojan, M.; Tylkowski, J.; Rurek, M. Hydrometeorological Conditions for the Occurrence of Aeolian Processes on the Southern Baltic Coast in Poland. Water 2018, 10, 1745.

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