Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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Shoreline and Coastal Terrain Mapping

  • A. Pérez-Alberti
  • A. Pires
  • H. I. Chaminé
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_403-2


Mapmaking process of coastal environments depicts forms, processes, and evolution. This graphic representation of the coasts provides a necessary background in marine sciences, geosciences, and engineering for those studying coastal systems. The coastal environments are complex open systems with several types of sources of energy and dynamics. The common ground for shoreline and coastal terrain mapping is to shape the landforms and occurrences in terms of actions and developments, which draw on different types of coast over thousands of years. Maps of shores and coastal terrain could have different purposes but a shared meaning: to ensure a sound communication. In the form of hard copy or digital and no matter what the output is, maps establish a platform that allows handling data. In addition, it enables to display all the synthesized information, to interpret and analyze the past and present, and to predict the future of coastal or environmental conditions. Moreover, maps...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Pérez-Alberti
    • 1
  • A. Pires
    • 2
    • 3
  • H. I. Chaminé
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.LET-ITR, Laboratory of Environmental Technology (Geomorphology Area), Institute of Technological ResearchUniversity of Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.INESC-TEC, Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and ScienceCRAS, Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.LABCARGA, Laboratory of Cartography and Applied Geology, Department of Geotechnical EngineeringISEP, School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal
  4. 4.Centre GeoBioTec (Georesources, Geotechnics and Geomaterials Research Group)University of AveiroAveiroPortugal