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Title: Vegetation, distance to the coast, and aeolian geomorphic processes and landforms in a transgressive arid coastal dune system
Authors: Hernández-Cordero, Antonio I. 
Perez-Chacon Espino, María Emma 
Hernández-Calvento, Luis 
Keywords: 54 Geografía
metadata.dc.subject.other: Dune vegetation
Vegetation distribution patterns
Aeolian sedimentary processes
Geographic information system
Canary Islands
Maspalomas
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: 0272-3646
Journal: Physical Geography 
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to determine the nature and relative importance of environmental factors that shape the distribution of dune vegetation in the Maspalomas dune field in the Canary Islands, an arid transgressive dune system. Environmental factors were defined according to their expression related to the linear distance from the coast and to the local aeolian geomorphic process-landform context. Plant communities were characterized through an integration of field mapping, digital orthophoto interpretation and GIS analysis. The vegetation of the study area consists of 19 plant communities. In areas with active sedimentary processes, vegetation tends to be localized in slacks. In areas with more stabilized landforms, vegetation appears at both dunes and slacks. In conclusion, the main factor controlling the distribution of vegetation in the transgressive dune system of Maspalomas is the local aeolian sedimentary process-landform context. Distance to the coast is not as significant as an influence. The gradient structuring of environmental factors associated with retentive coastal dune systems and expressed as distance to the coast does not fully capture the biogeomorphic dynamism of transgressive dune fields
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/45675
ISSN: 0272-3646
DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2014.979097
WOS:000347535400004
WOS:000347535400004
Source: Physical Geography[ISSN 0272-3646],v. 36, p. 60-83
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