Morphodynamics of tidal networks: Advances and challenges

Giovanni Coco, Z. Zhou, B. van Maanen, M. Olabarrieta, R. Tinoco, I. Townend

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Tidal network morphodynamics is an active field of research and advances achieved over the last decade, particularly with respect to laboratory experiments and numerical modelling, have lead to fundamental insight about their functioning. We address how these advances have specifically contributed to the understanding of tidal network functioning, including the interaction between physical and biological processes. We discuss how the prediction of the long-term evolution of tidal networks is still limited and we focus on how it is hampered by three specific challenges. We first discuss the approach to long-term predictions, then focus on the coupling between physical and biological processes, and finally attempt to introduce the role of anthropic drivers in the evolution of these systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalMarine Geology
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomorphodynamics
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Morphodynamic modelling
  • Tidal flats
  • Tidal networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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