Changes in dunefield geomorphology and vegetation cover as a response to local and regional climate variations

Graziela Miot da Silva, C.T. Martinho, Patrick Hesp, B. Keim, Y. Ferligoj

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    Abstract

    Published analyses of aerial photographs show a marked increase in vegetation cover of coastal transgressive dunefields along the Southern Brazilian Holocene Barrier around the late 1970s. This phenomenon is reflecting an increase in precipitation and a decrease in aeolian sediment transport. These climatic changes are associated with recurring high intensity El Niño events related to the 1976/1977 regime shift of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1307-1312
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Coastal Research
    Issue numberSPEC. ISSUE 65
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Dunefield stabilization
    • ENSO
    • Pacific Decadal Oscillation
    • Vegetation

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