Beach ridge systems: archives for Holocene coastal events?

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Scheffers, A, Engel, M, Scheffers, S, Squire, P & Kelletat, D 2012, 'Beach ridge systems: archives for Holocene coastal events?', Progress in Physical Geography, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 5-37.

Publisher version available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309133311419549

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Holocene coastal evolution has been extensively studied by workers from various earth science disciplines, particularly sedimentologists and geomorphologists. Some of these studies have focused on the history of regional sea-level changes in various ocean basins and the mechanisms – such as eustasy, glacio-isostasy, sediment compaction, neotectonics and climatic forces – involved in such changes. Although beach ridges have been used to identify steps in coastal evolution, only in a few cases have beach ridge systems been investigated with respect to event histories (for example, cyclones and tsunamis). Beach ridge systems, however, belong to the most promising geo-archives for the study of climate change and sea-level variations over the Holocene, as well as for deciphering event histories. This paper presents examples of some studies in this field, in relation to a global overview of beach ridge systems and their morphological characteristics.