Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Research article
18 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2019

Environmental signal shredding on sandy coastlines

Eli D. Lazarus, Mitchell D. Harley, Chris E. Blenkinsopp, and Ian L. Turner

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A single storm event can change the shape of a sandy beach dramatically, but beaches also exhibit a remarkable ability to recover. So how important are storm-driven changes to a beach in the long term? This question affects predictions of future shoreline change. Here we explore signal shredding – when sediment transport erases any signature of outside driving forces. Our results suggest that major storm impacts may tell us little about long-term shoreline change and vice versa.