Articles | Volume 5, issue 3
Research article
25 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 25 Sep 2017

Large-scale coastal and fluvial models constrain the late Holocene evolution of the Ebro Delta

Jaap H. Nienhuis, Andrew D. Ashton, Albert J. Kettner, and Liviu Giosan


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The Ebro Delta in Spain has a distinctive coastline shape, the origin of which has been debated. Here we show with two simple models, one of the Ebro River and one of its delta, that is it possible to reproduce this distinctive shape under constant sediment supply, wave climate, and sea-level conditions. We also find that the majority of the delta grew in the last 2000 years, when a great increase in sediment supply from the Ebro River allowed it to accelerate its growth.