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Journal Article

Temporal Scales in Coastal Erosion Systems

G. Cambers
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Vol. 1, No. 2 (1976), pp. 246-256
DOI: 10.2307/621987
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/621987
Page Count: 11
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Temporal Scales in Coastal Erosion Systems
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Abstract

Three coastal cliff erosion systems on the east coast of England are used to illustrate the importance of spatial and temporal scales. These systems are described in terms of location, dominant processes and erosion rates. The time scales suggested by Schumm and Lichty (1965) are applied to these systems, and the existence of dynamic equilibrium conditions is emphasized. The relative importance of the catastrophic event (storm surge) and the moderate storm is discussed, and is shown to be a function of the time scale under consideration.

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