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Natural and Anthropogenic Variations in the Large Shifting Dune in the Corrubedo Natural Park, NW Iberian Peninsula (1956–2017)

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CRETUS Institute, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Departamento de Edafoloxía e Química Agrícola, Facultade de Bioloxía, Campus Vida, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Calle Lope Gómez de Marzoa, s/n, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Departamento de Xeografía, Facultade de Xeografía e Historia, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(1), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11010034
Received: 25 November 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 December 2020 / Published: 23 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Application in Coastal Ecosystems of Remote Sensing and GIS)
This work analyzes the evolution of the large shifting dune included in the Corrubedo Natural Park from 1956 until the present day. The analysis was carried out using aerial images, orthophotographs, topographic surveys and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data. Variations were analyzed in terms of four different aspects: evolution of pathways in each period, changes in the position of the mobile dune front and the degree of vegetation cover, all between 1956 and 2017; and variations in elevation and volume of the dune system between 2001 and 2015. To analyze these aspects, geospatial and geostatistical techniques were employed, which revealed that the dune front had undergone two different phases: one until the 1980s, with a mean seaward advance of 32 m and another one between the 1980 s and 2017, when the front prograded to the continent, with an approximate mean advance of 82 m. Loss of volume, related to the expansion of the mobile dune towards the north, was confirmed in this sector. It is evident that these changes are closely linked to anthropic influence, due to sand extraction until the early 1990s and, more recently, due to an increase in the number of visitors to the Natural Park. The results obtained highlight the need to carry out detailed studies to understand the evolution of this system and to prevent further damage in the future. Moreover, based on these analyses, a strategy to improve coastal and environmental management in the Corrubedo Natural Park could be designed. View Full-Text
Keywords: coastal dune; coastal evolution; LiDAR; Corrubedo; Galicia coastal dune; coastal evolution; LiDAR; Corrubedo; Galicia
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Pérez-Alberti, A.; Gómez-Pazo, A.; Otero, X.L. Natural and Anthropogenic Variations in the Large Shifting Dune in the Corrubedo Natural Park, NW Iberian Peninsula (1956–2017). Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11010034

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Pérez-Alberti A, Gómez-Pazo A, Otero XL. Natural and Anthropogenic Variations in the Large Shifting Dune in the Corrubedo Natural Park, NW Iberian Peninsula (1956–2017). Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(1):34. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11010034

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Pérez-Alberti, Augusto, Alejandro Gómez-Pazo, and X. L. Otero 2021. "Natural and Anthropogenic Variations in the Large Shifting Dune in the Corrubedo Natural Park, NW Iberian Peninsula (1956–2017)" Applied Sciences 11, no. 1: 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11010034

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