Coastal Processes and Management of the Mahanadi River Deltaic Complex, East Coast of India

by Manmohan Mohanti, Utkal Univ, Bhubaneswar, India,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Deltas of the World

Abstract: The Mahanadi river deltaic complex in the tropical climatic setting on the east coast of India has been studied with respect to geomorphology, land use/cover, coastal processes and management. The coast is prone to natural hazards like river floods and cyclones. Littoral drift of sands in order of 1.5 million tons move annually from southwest to northeast. Dynamic processes are monsoon-dominated as well as episodic event-dominated. Shore erosion, wetland loss as well as other anthropogenic activities cause concern. Management controls are sought for conservation of mangrove resources and protection from shore erosion.

Subject Headings: Coastal processes | Coastal management | Rivers and streams | Developing countries | Wetlands (coastal) | Littoral drift | Floods | Tropical regions | India | Asia

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