Coco, G., Payne, G., Bryan, K.R., Rickard, D., Ramsay, D. & Dolphin, T. (2005). The use of imaging systems to monitor shoreline dynamics. Paper presented at 1st International Conference on Coastal Zone management and Engineering in the Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 27-29 November.
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The development of imaging systems is nowadays established as one of the most powerful and reliable tools for monitoring beach morphodynamics. Two different techniques for shoreline detection are presented here and, in one case, applied to the study of beach width oscillations on a sandy beach (Pauanui Beach, New Zealand). Results indicate that images can provide datasets whose length and sample interval are accurate enough to resolve inter-annual and seasonal oscillations, and long-term trends. Similarly, imaging systems can be extremely useful in determining the statistics of rip current occurrence. Further improvements in accuracy and reliability are expected with the recent introduction of digital systems.