CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SHORELINE LOCALIZATION METHODS BY MEANS OF AERIAL OR SATELLITE IMAGERY ON MEDITERRANEAN SANDY BEACHES

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Abstract

Shoreline localization is fundamental for designing and planning shore protection works as well asfor managing and monitoring various anthropic activities along the coast. The sea-land boundary, however,changes continually with time because of waves and tides, which makes the shoreline detection complex anddubious and the boundary line finally assumed can only be conventional. In the last few decades the use ofseveral geomorphologic indicators has been proposed, such as the berm above sea level, the groundwater exitpoint, historic high tide levels, etc., but the aim has not been achieved yet. Among the methods used, analysis ofaerial and satellite imagery is common, in particular when historic evolution of the coast has to bereconstructed. However, the land-sea boundary obtained by images is just one of the countless instantaneousboundaries, which is determined by the particular position of the sea surface and beach geomorphology at thetime when images are taken. In this paper a multidisciplinary method is used to estimate the uncertaintiescaused by wave motion and tides on the shoreline position assessed by aerial or satellite imagery. The method isapplied to a beach of the Mediterranean Sea in geomorphologic equilibrium, on the west coast of Sicily. Themethod explicitly takes into account various physical aspects of the coastal stretch studied and can be adoptedfor other analogous beaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalMECCANICA DEI MATERIALI E DELLE STRUTTURE
Volume4 (2013)
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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