Environmental variables affecting an arid coastal nebkha
|Author/s||Sanromualdo Collado, Abe
Gallego Fernández, Juan Bautista
Hesp, Patrick A
Martínez, María Luisa
Ferrer Valero, Nicolás
Hernández Calvento, Luis
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología|
|Abstract||Foredunes in arid coastal dune systems comprise nebkhas, which originate by interactions between vegetation and aeolian sedimentation. While continuous foredunes in temperate climates have been widely studied, knowledge ...
Foredunes in arid coastal dune systems comprise nebkhas, which originate by interactions between vegetation and aeolian sedimentation. While continuous foredunes in temperate climates have been widely studied, knowledge of interactions between biotic and abiotic drivers in foredunes formed by nebkha is still scarce. With the aim of exploring variables affecting arid foredunes, a range of morphological, sedimentological, and vegetation characteristics were measured on a single nebkha formed by a Traganum moquinii plant located in the foredune of Caleta de Famara beach (Lanzarote, Canary Islands). Variables were sampled at 120 plots in a 0.5 × 0.5 m square grid. A two-step process using multiple linear regression (MLR) analyses was developed to characterize 1) the influence that morphological variables and distance from the sea have on plant and sediment patterns on nebkha, and 2) the influence of plants on depositional sediment characteristics. Results indicate close relationships between distance from the sea, plant coverage, and sediment patterns. Empirical results were used to develop a conceptual model that explains the spatial distribution of bio- and geo-morphological characteristics of an arid nebkha foredune.
|Funding agencies||Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO). España|
|Citation||Sanromualdo Collado, A., Gallego Fernández, J.B., Hesp, P.A., Martínez, M.L., O'Keeffe, N., Ferrer Valero, N. y Hernández Calvento, L. (2022). Environmental variables affecting an arid coastal nebkha. Science of the Total Environment, 815, 152868.|