Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 61, Issue 12, pp 2157–2179 | Cite as

Characterisation and sediment–source linkages of intertidal sediment of the UK’s north Sefton Coast using magnetic and textural properties: findings and limitations

  • Vanessa J. C. Holden
  • Annie T. WorsleyEmail author
  • Colin A. Booth
  • Graham Lymbery
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  1. Topical Collection on the UK National Oceanography Centre’s Irish Sea Coastal Observatory


Sediment pathways and links to offshore processes are considered in the textural and magnetic characteristics of sediments of the intertidal flats and salt marshes of the north Sefton Coast, UK. In addition, sediment from a range of intertidal, marine and fluvial locations within the northwest region has similarly been characterised. Subsequently, the characteristics of these regional sediments, using a multivariate statistical approach of R- and Q-mode factor analyses, have been used to investigate the sediment transport pathways of the north Sefton Coast sediment. The benefits of fractionating sediment samples have been observed, and by using combinations of textural and isothermal remanent magnetic measurements, specific environments within the research have been successfully differentiated and characterised. Linkages between potential sediment source areas have also been established on a particle size-related basis.


Provenance Magnetic properties Particle size Multivariate analysis North Sefton Coast 



This research was supported by Edge Hill University Research Development Fund, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and the Natural Environment Research Council FREE Programme (NE/E002471/1). The authors would like to thank the staff of the National Oceanographic Centre (Liverpool), particularly Mr John Howarth, and Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, particularly Mr Ian Holden, for the collection of seabed samples so essential for this work. We also thank Mrs Kathryn Coffey for data collection and Mr Caron Pugh for the preparation of maps. Thanks also go to the School of Applied Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, for the use of the Malvern Mastersizer. We greatly appreciate the constructive comments and suggestions of two anonymous reviewers that have helped improve the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanessa J. C. Holden
    • 1
  • Annie T. Worsley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Colin A. Booth
    • 2
  • Graham Lymbery
    • 3
  1. 1.Environmental Change Group, Department of Natural, Geographical and Applied SciencesEdge Hill UniversityLancashireUK
  2. 2.School of TechnologyUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhampton, West MidlandsUK
  3. 3.Coastal DefenceSefton Metropolitan Borough CouncilMerseysideUK

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