Where is the seaward edge? A review and definition of shore platform morphology
David M Kennedy
EARTH-SCIENCE REVIEWS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015
Shore platforms are erosional coastal landforms that have attracted scientific attention since the mid 19th century. The defining element of a platform is width that is used in many calculations such as determining a platform's evolutionary state or inferring how wave energy is distributed along the shore. Although a critical variable, there are no uniform criteria for defining the seaward edge. Quantification of platform width has been driven by site-specific variables, with the seaward edge defined on the basis of tides, morphology, biology, processes and sediment coverage. The lack of a uniform definition has meant that comparative studies are difficult and results are possibly spurious, ..View full abstract
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This work was conducted as part of an International Research Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Department of Geography at Durham University U.K. and partially funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage-project grant (ARC-LP130100204). Comments by Gigi Woods on a draft of this manuscript and the two journal reviewers were very much appreciated.