Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

An integrated GIS for sedimentological and geomorphological analysis of a lagoon environment. Barra de Cananéia inlet region, (Southeastern Brazil)

  • Luis Américo ContiEmail author
  • Carlos Alberto S. Araujo
  • Fernando S. Paolo
  • Roberto L. Barcellos
  • Marcelo Rodrigues
  • Michel M. Mahiques
  • Valdenir V. Furtado


The aim of this work is to use GIS integration data to characterize sedimentary processes in a SubTropical lagoon environment. The study area was the Cananéia Inlet estuary in the southeastern section of the Cananéia Lagoon Estuarine System (CLES), state of São Paulo, Brazil (25°03′S/47°53′W). The area is formed by the confluence of two estuarine channels forming a bay-shaped water body locally called “Trapandé Bay”. The region is surrounded by one of the most preserved tracts of Atlantic Rain Forest in Southwestern Brazil and presents well-developed mangroves and marshes. In this study a methodology was developed using integrated a GIS database based on bottom sediment parameters, geomorphological data, remote sensing images, Hidrodynamical Modeling data and geophysical parameters. The sediment grain size parameters and the bottom morphology of the lagoon were also used to develop models of net sediment transport pathways. It was possible to observe that the sediment transport vectors based on the grain size model had a good correlation with the transport model based on the bottom topography features and Hydrodynamic model, especially in areas with stronger energetic conditions, with a minor contribution of finer sediments. This relation is somewhat less evident near shallower banks and depositional features. In these regions the organic matter contents in the sediments was a good complementary tool for inferring the hydrodynamic and depositional conditions (i.e. primary productivity, sedimentation rates, sources, oxi-reduction rates).


Lagoon Bottom sediments Sediment transport Organic matter Gis Coastal manegement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Américo Conti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos Alberto S. Araujo
    • 2
  • Fernando S. Paolo
    • 3
  • Roberto L. Barcellos
    • 4
  • Marcelo Rodrigues
    • 3
  • Michel M. Mahiques
    • 3
  • Valdenir V. Furtado
    • 3
  1. 1.Escola de Artes Ciências e HumanidadesUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Pesquisas Espaciais—INPESão José dos CamposBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto OceanográficoUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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