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Coastal Boulder Dynamics Inferred from Multi-Temporal Satellite Imagery, Geological and Meteorological Investigations in Southern Apulia, Italy

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National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Geopro, Geological Prospections, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Academic Editor: Letizia Lusito
Water 2021, 13(17), 2426; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172426
Received: 24 June 2021 / Revised: 13 August 2021 / Accepted: 27 August 2021 / Published: 3 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effect of Climate Change on Coastal Hydrodynamics)
Boulder dynamics may provide essential data for coastal evolution and hazards assessment and can be focused as a proxy for the onshore effect of intense storm waves. In this work, detailed observations of currently available satellite imagery of the Earth surface allowed us to identify several coastal boulders displacements in the Southern Apulia coast (Italy) for a period between July 2018 and June 2020. Field surveys confirmed the displacements of several dozens of boulders up to several meters in size, and allowed us to identify the initial position for many of them. Two possible causative storms were identified analysing archive weather maps, and calculations based on analytical equations were found in agreement with the displacement by storm waves for most of the observed boulders. The results help to provide insights about the onshore effect of storm waves on the coastal hydrodynamics and the possible future flooding hazard in the studied coast. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine weather; characteristic wave height; storm surge; shore platform; overtopping wave; hydrodynamics equation; flooding hazard; open source satellite image marine weather; characteristic wave height; storm surge; shore platform; overtopping wave; hydrodynamics equation; flooding hazard; open source satellite image
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Delle Rose, M.; Martano, P.; Orlanducci, L. Coastal Boulder Dynamics Inferred from Multi-Temporal Satellite Imagery, Geological and Meteorological Investigations in Southern Apulia, Italy. Water 2021, 13, 2426. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172426

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Delle Rose M, Martano P, Orlanducci L. Coastal Boulder Dynamics Inferred from Multi-Temporal Satellite Imagery, Geological and Meteorological Investigations in Southern Apulia, Italy. Water. 2021; 13(17):2426. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172426

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Delle Rose, Marco, Paolo Martano, and Luca Orlanducci. 2021. "Coastal Boulder Dynamics Inferred from Multi-Temporal Satellite Imagery, Geological and Meteorological Investigations in Southern Apulia, Italy" Water 13, no. 17: 2426. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172426

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