Evolution of the beach-dune systems in the Balearic Islands from their geomorphological management (2000-2021)

Authors

  • Francesc Xavier Roig-Munar Environmental consultant, Menorca, Balearic Islands https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9777-0938
  • Carla Garcia-Lozano Landscape Analysis and Management Laboratory. Department of Geography, University of Girona
  • Antonio Rodríguez-Perea Department of Earth Sciences, University of the Balearic Islands
  • José Ángel Martín-Prieto Department of Earth Sciences, University of the Balearic Islands
  • Bernadi Gelabert Department of Earth Sciences, University of the Balearic Islands

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18172/cig.5174

Keywords:

Balearic Islands, beach-dune systems, erosion, restoration, management, recovery

Abstract

In order to restore, maintain and protect the beach-dune systems of the Balearic Islands different management techniques have been applied. They have been based on the artificial emulation of natural processes to favour the recovery of the system, on the installation of elements that prevent the frequenting and on trampling of the dune systems. Some techniques are positive while others have aggravated erosive processes due to a lack of geomorphological criteria. This work analyses good and bad practices on beach-dune systems of the Balearic Islands between 2000-2021.

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Author Biography

Francesc Xavier Roig-Munar, Environmental consultant, Menorca, Balearic Islands

Dr. en Geografia y Dr. en Geologia

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Roig-Munar FX, Garcia-Lozano C, Rodríguez-Perea A, Martín-Prieto J Ángel, Gelabert B. Evolution of the beach-dune systems in the Balearic Islands from their geomorphological management (2000-2021). CIG [Internet]. 2022 Jul. 14 [cited 2024 Mar. 4];48(2):347-62. Available from: https://publicaciones.unirioja.es/ojs/index.php/cig/article/view/5174

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