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Geosciences 2018, 8(9), 335;

Methodology for Improving the Analysis, Interpretation, and Geo-Visualisation of Erosion Rates in Coastal Beaches—Andalusia, Southern Spain

Department of Physical Geography and Regional Geographical Analysis, University of Seville, 41004 Seville, Spain
Department of Geography and Geology, University of Kingston, London KT1 1LQ, UK
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Received: 3 August 2018 / Revised: 24 August 2018 / Accepted: 3 September 2018 / Published: 5 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coastal Geomorphology)
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Erosion is one of the major issues currently facing coastal areas. Some consequences of this process are beach loss and higher flood risk, which will likely be exacerbated given ongoing sea-level rise. With this in mind, those responsible for conservation and management decisions need appropriate tools with which to identify critical coastal areas, as well as to analyse, interpret, and visualise them with the appropriate geomorphological and environmental background. The aim of this work was to present a methodology for improving the analysis and interpretation of coastal erosion rates, as well as to guarantee wide access and dissemination of erosion data. To that end, an approach for the production, management, and dissemination of shoreline erosion data for the Andalusian coast in Southern Spain was developed. This approach enables the analysis and interpretation of the erosion rates in coasts by linking erosion rates with geomorphological and thematic information using a data model. Additionally, this methodology was proven to be a valid and appropriate tool for the design of a web-based viewer, being the best way to represent the erosion rates obtained every 50 m of shore for the entire Andalusian coast, being an exposed coastal front 917 km long. This is particularly useful for integrated coastal zone management schemes, enabling quick and easy access to valuable information. View Full-Text
Keywords: data model; shoreline; erosion rates; web-based viewer; Andalusia data model; shoreline; erosion rates; web-based viewer; Andalusia

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Prieto-Campos, A.; Díaz-Cuevas, P.; Fernandez-Nunez, M.; Ojeda-Zújar, J. Methodology for Improving the Analysis, Interpretation, and Geo-Visualisation of Erosion Rates in Coastal Beaches—Andalusia, Southern Spain. Geosciences 2018, 8, 335.

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