Coastal Erosion in Senegal?The Case of Rufisque

by I. Niang-Diop, Univ C.A. DIOP, Senegal,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Western Africa


Studies conducted in Rufisque (Senegal) have contributed to the understanding of coastal erosion processes. The historical evolution of the coastline between 1959 and 1980 shows different rates of coastal retreat in time and space, indicative of the influence of not only the secular sea level rise but also local factors. The one year morphosedimentological monitoring of the coast tends to prove that there is not a seasonal beach cycle but rather a functionment by compartments determined by not only the general hydrodynamical climate by also by local particularities like shoreline configuration, coastal modifications of the swell and impacts of human activities.

Subject Headings: Coastal processes | Erosion | Case studies | Beaches | Developing countries | Seasonal variations | Wetlands (fresh water) | Senegal | Africa

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