CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR THE IMPACT OF OIL SPILLS IN DIFFERENT COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS OF CANADA

Planning for a cleanup operation of the shore zone requires consideration of the physical nature of the coast, including the sediment types, wave energy levels, and tidal range. Beaches exist in a dynamic state and are continuously changing in response to littoral processes. In addition to these temporal variations, there is frequently considerable variability of shoreline types and process characteristics within a small region. In eastern Canada, contingency planning must cover rocky shorelines, sand beaches, and muddy coasts. There also is a wide range of littoral process environments, from the exposed Atlantic coast to the sheltered Bay of Fundy, which has tidal ranges of 10-15 m. Three examples from eastern Canada illustrate the variability of shorelines and processes in the context of cleanup planning.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 115-122

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  • Accession Number: 00177399
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication 4284
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM