Articles | Volume 14, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 14, 5533–5549, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5533-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 5533–5549, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5533-2017

Research article 07 Dec 2017

Research article | 07 Dec 2017

Exploring the contributions of vegetation and dune size to early dune development using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imaging

Marinka E. B. van Puijenbroek et al.

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Exploring the contributions of vegetation and dune size to early dune development using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-imaging M. E. B. van Puijenbroek, C. Nolet, A. V. de Groot, J. M. Suomalainen, M. J. P. M. Riksen, F. Berendse, and J. Limpens https://doi.org/10.4121/uuid:81d426a2-30db-4328-bf04-40618bf31e4c

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Understanding the contribution of the vegetation and dune size to nebkha dune growth could improve model predictions on coastal dune development. We monitored a natural nebkha dune field with a drone with camera. Our results show that dune growth in summer is mainly determined by dune size, whereas in winter dune growth was determined by vegetation. In our study area the growth of exposed dunes was restricted by storm erosion, whereas growth of sheltered dunes was restricted by sand supply.
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