Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society

Second Order Influence on Coastal Zones


Second Order Influence on Coastal Zones

On the basis of the information discussed in the last several sections, it should now be evident to you that that plate tectonics has a strong influence on the characteristics of continental margins and the associated coastal zones. There are, however, several other key secondary influences that also affect how coastal zones evolve. These include:

  • sediment supply,
  • glaciations (direct and indirect),
  • climate,
  • hydrographic regime.

Each of these will be discussed individually in the following sections to provide a comprehensive framework of the types of processes that need to be considered when attempting to evaluate coastal characteristics and evolution.