Sediment stabilization by biological action: significance for coastal engineering

D. M. Paterson, G. R. Daborn

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Biogenic stabilisation and its implications in terms of coastal engineering are considered. The erodibility of sediment is critical information for predictive models of sediment behaviour. Numerous biological mechanisms exist whereby the erosion threshold of sediments is raised above that of abiotic controls within a range of 25-770%. Sediment beds exposed to erosion stress exhibit properties that are the result of historic events as well as recent conditions. This fact, in conjunction with the spatial and temporal variability of biogenic influences argues strongly for the use of in situ methods to determine the behaviour of sediments under natural conditions. (A)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity of Bristol
PublisherBristol, UK, University of Bristol
ISBN (Print)0862923816, 9780862923815
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991


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