Reef-Platform Coral Boulders: Evidence for High-Energy Marine Inundation Events on Tropical Coastlines (Springerbriefs in Earth Sciences) (Paperback)

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Reef-Platform Coral Boulders: Evidence for High-Energy Marine Inundation Events on Tropical Coastlines (Springerbriefs in Earth Sciences) By James P. Terry, A. Y. Annie Lau, Samuel Etienne Cover Image



Chapter 1 Coastal Boulders: Introduction and Scope
1.1 Types of Coastal Boulders
1.2 Association with High-Energy Marine Inundation
1.3 Rationale for This Book
1.4 References

Chapter 2 Historical Review and Changing Terminology
2.1 Named Coastal Landmarks
2.2 Earliest Scientific Observations of Coral Boulders
- Box 1. Matthew Flinders' Observations of Coral Boulders on the Great Barrier Reef in 1802
2.3 The Eruption of Krakatau Volcano in 1883
2.4 Reef Remnants versus Storm Deposits: Competing Ideas, Early 1900s
2.5 Varying Expressions for Coral Boulders
2.6 Perspectives on Sediment Clast Size
2.7 References

Chapter 3 The Scientific Value of Reef-Platform Boulders for Interpreting Coastal Hazards
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Coastal Sedimentology Within Marine Inundation Research
3.3 Wave Energy Estimation
3.3.1 Boulder Transport Equations
- Box2. Hydrodynamic Equations for Coastal Boulder Transport (Nott, 2003)
- Box 3. Revised Hydrodynamic Equations (Nandasena et al., 2011)
- Box4. Boulder Displacement: Equations for Estimating Minimum Current Velocity and Wave Height (Frohlich et al., 2011)
3.3.2 Assumptions and Difficulties
3.4 Inundation Direction
3.5 Boulder Mapping
3.6 Dating Prehistorical Marine Inundations
3.6.1 Boulder Age-Dating
3.6.2 Obstacles to Accurate Dating
3.7 References

Chapter 4 Uncertainties and Continuing Challenges with Interpreting Coastal Boulders

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Mechanisms of Coral Boulder Generation
4.3 Identifying Original Sources for Carbonate Boulders on Reefs
4.4 'Anthropogenic Boulders': Advantages of Studying Boulders Sourced from Rip-Rap
4.5 Distinguishing Between Storm and Tsunami Boulders
- Box 5: Equation to Distinguish Storm from Tsunami Boulders (Lorang, 2011)
4.6 Undetectable Marine Inundation Events
4.7 Boulder Reworking by Backwash or Subsequent Events
4.8 Longevity of Boulders
4.9 Issues with Data Collection and Presentation
4.9.1 Volumetric Calculations4.9.2 Inconsistent Data
- Box 6: Nature of Boulder Data
4.10 References

Chapter 5 Case Study: Coastal Boulder Fields on Taveuni Island Coasts, Fiji
5.1 Introduction and Aims
5.2 Background to the Study Area
5.3 Features of Tropical Cyclone Tomas, March 2010
5.4 Field Procedures and Observations
5.5 Results and Discussion
5.3 Boulder Quarrying and Remobilisation
5.4 Transport Mechanisms and Flow Velocities
5.5 Caveats to Findings
5.6 Conclusions
5.7 References

Chapter 6 Outlook for Boulder Studies Within Tropical Geomorphology and Coastal Research
6.1 Brief Summary: Current Understanding, Guiding Questions
6.2 Future Prospects and Recommendations
6.3 References

About the Author

James Terry received his BSc (Hons) (1988) and PhD (1992) from the University of Wales at Swansea in the UK. Currently he is Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, since 2008. Before that he served as Head of the School of Geography at the University of the South Pacific based in Fiji, where he worked for 12 years in total from 1996-2008. Being a Physical Geographer, James has specialist interests in tropical geomorphology, natural hazards and island geoscience. He has over 20 years of research and consulting experience across many aspects of tropical environments, including climatic change and extremes, fluvial and coastal responses to large-magnitude events, water resource issues, and adaptation to natural hazards.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789814451321
ISBN-10: 9814451320
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: May 4th, 2013
Pages: 105
Language: English
Series: Springerbriefs in Earth Sciences