A Brief Review of Actual Dune Dynamics Modeling: Applicability to El Fangar Dune System (Ebro Delta-Spain)

  • F. Barrio-ParraEmail author
  • I. Rodríguez-Santalla
  • M. Sánchez-García
  • I. Montoya-Montes
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


Dune systems have a complex dynamics which is difficult to model purely physical due to the no linearity of the wind shear stress estimation, the complexity of the dune systems geomorphology and the difficult to obtain real world field data to test them. Cellular models offer an interesting alternative approach with simple data entry requirements and very good reproduction of dynamic processes observed in the real world. These models can be an useful tool in the study of the dynamics of the El Fangar spit dune system. The application of these models to the dune system data will help to predict morphological evolution, identify sediment sources and sinks, study the importance of formation factors and analyze possible future scenarios focused on climate change risk assessment. The actual cellular models had not been widely applied to real world dune systems so some improvements must to be taken into account in an attempt to approximate them more closely to complex real systems: integration of wind data as the driving force of the sand saltation process, introduce the possibility of study the system dynamics under a direction and velocity changing wind regime and couple a sand supply model to the dune dynamic model.


Sand dunes dynamics Cellular models review 



This work was carried out under the project “Determination of morphodynamic relationships and sediment transfer mechanisms in the beach-dune system and its variation under different climate scenarios. Application to the Ebro River delta system” funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Spanish State.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Barrio-Parra
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. Rodríguez-Santalla
    • 1
  • M. Sánchez-García
    • 1
  • I. Montoya-Montes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology and GeologyRey Juan Carlos UniversityMostoles (Madrid)Spain

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