Cyclical Behavior of the Tidal Inlet at Nauset Beach, Chatham, Massachusetts

  1. David G. Aubrey and
  2. Lee Weishar
  1. Graham S. Giese

Published Online: 23 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/LN029p0269

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets

How to Cite

Giese, G. S. (1988) Cyclical Behavior of the Tidal Inlet at Nauset Beach, Chatham, Massachusetts, in Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets (eds D. G. Aubrey and L. Weishar), Springer-Verlag, New York. doi: 10.1029/LN029p0269

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783540968887

Online ISBN: 9781118669242

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Keywords:

  • Chatham Bars;
  • Chatham Conservation Commission;
  • Coastal submergence and wave action;
  • Nauset Beach;
  • Primary data sources;
  • Shoreline development;
  • Tidal characteristics and wave patterns

Summary

Study of historical data concerning shoreline forms and change on southeastern Cape Cod over the past 200 years revealed a cyclical pattern of change in the barrier beach system off Chatham, Massachusetts, with a period of approximately ISO years. Based on the observed patterns and deductions concerning the processes controlling those patterns, predictions of breaching of the barrier beach and new inlet formation were provided to local coastal resource managers, reducing the negative impacts accompanying the formation of the new inlet when it eventually occurred.