Coasts Specification

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1.1: What is a coastal system and what are the dynamics of coastal environments?

The coastal system is one of inputs and outputs. There are 2 systems:

  • The cliff system with inputs compromising the sub-aerial processes of weathering and the atmospheric processes of wind erosion; a throughput compromising cliff mass movement of falls, slips and slumps; and an output of sediment at the base of the cliff deposited or trasnported by marine processes.
  • The beach system with an input of sediment from longshore drift (LSD), the cliff and offshore, a throughput of LSD and an output of LSD and destrive waves carrying sediment offshore.

Sediment Cells:

  • Areas of coasts usally…


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