Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 226–235

Sediment transport pattern at the Barra Nova inlet, south Portugal: a conceptual model


DOI: 10.1007/s00367-001-0087-1

Cite this article as:
Balouin, Y. & Howa, H. Geo-Mar Lett (2001) 21: 226. doi:10.1007/s00367-001-0087-1


The Barra Nova inlet, in south Portugal, is known to migrate progressively southeastwards under wave action. The morphodynamics of this system during a representative year suggests that this long-term evolution is dependent on a seasonal behavior of the tidal inlet which can be described through a three-stage model of post-storm, transition and extended fair-weather conditions. Processes involved in this evolution indicate that the historical migration of the Barra Nova is not dependent on the longshore drift forcing constricting the channel on the updrift coast, but rather on the adjustment of the system to a major erosion of the downdrift coast during short storm events.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR 5805-CNRS, Department of Geology and OceanographyUniversity of BordeauxTalence CedexFrance
  2. 2.UPRES EA 2644University of AngersAngers CedexFrance

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