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Resolving environmental complexity; a geologic appraisal of process-response elements and scale as controls of shoreline erosion along southeastern Lake Ontario, New York

Paul R. Pinet, Charles E. McClennen and Laura J. Moore
Resolving environmental complexity; a geologic appraisal of process-response elements and scale as controls of shoreline erosion along southeastern Lake Ontario, New York (in A paradox of power; voices of warning and reason in the geosciences, Charles W. Welby (editor) and Monica E. Gowan (editor))
Reviews in Engineering Geology (1998) 12: 9-21

Abstract

Geomorphic systems are inherently complex and are the product of a unique integrative history of surface processes, making it difficult for engineers, scientists, and resource managers to regulate environmental change in order to attain a specific management goal. A powerful means for unpacking geomorphic complexity is hierarchical classification of the dominant process-response elements of a geomorphic system. We apply hierarchical analysis specifically to the evaluation of the probable environmental effects of erosion-abatement projects at drumlin bluffs along the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario, assessing their impact across a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Some of the conclusions about probable impacts of shore-stabilization structures on the Ontario lakeshore are not intuitive, but are logically derived from the systematic hierarchical analysis of the system"s geomorphic complexity.


ISSN: 0080-2018
EISSN: 2169-799X
Coden: GAEGA4
Serial Title: Reviews in Engineering Geology
Serial Volume: 12
Title: Resolving environmental complexity; a geologic appraisal of process-response elements and scale as controls of shoreline erosion along southeastern Lake Ontario, New York
Title: A paradox of power; voices of warning and reason in the geosciences
Author(s): Pinet, Paul R.McClennen, Charles E.Moore, Laura J.
Author(s): Welby, Charles W.editor
Author(s): Gowan, Monica E.editor
Affiliation: Colgate University, Department of Geology, Hamilton, NY, United States
Affiliation: North Carolina State University, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, Raleigh, NC, United States
Pages: 9-21
Published: 1998
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 0-8137-4112-2
References: 44
Accession Number: 2003-042453
Categories: Environmental geologyGeomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 4 tables, sketch map
N43°15'00" - N43°30'00", W77°00'00" - W76°30'00"
Secondary Affiliation: GeoLogic Company, USA, United StatesUniversity of California at Santa Cruz, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 200314
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