Vegetation controls on the maximum size of coastal dunes

  title={Vegetation controls on the maximum size of coastal dunes},
  author={Orencio Dur{\'a}n and Laura J Moore},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={17217 - 17222}
  • O. Durán, L. Moore
  • Published 2013
  • Geography, Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Coastal dunes, in particular foredunes, support a resilient ecosystem and reduce coastal vulnerability to storms. In contrast to dry desert dunes, coastal dunes arise from interactions between biological and physical processes. Ecologists have traditionally addressed coastal ecosystems by assuming that they adapt to preexisting dune topography, whereas geomorphologists have studied the properties of foredunes primarily in connection to physical, not biological, factors. Here, we study foredune… Expand
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