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Unformatted text preview: Coastal Hazards • tropical cyclones (hurricanes in Atlantic, typhoons in pacific), other severe storms • marine floods and inland floods due to tropical storms • coastal erosion - loss of beach environment • tsunamis and tidal currents - hazardous • rip currents - killer waves (don't fight these) Coastal Processes - Waves • formed by winds - magnitude of waves controlled by wind • speed of wind • duration of wind • fetch of wind - area or distance blown by winds • tsunamis - caused by earthquakes or other seafloor movement - faulting • Wave and Water movement • wavelength L = crest to crest in m...
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- Fall '11
- Tropical cyclone, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, dynamic coastal environement, coastal zone planning, coastal hazard problems