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      Application of the Static Headland-Bay Beach Concept to a Sandy Beach: A New Elliptical Model

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          The headland-bay beach is one of the most common coastal types in the world. Its morphology reflects the changes that occurred during long-term evolution of the sandy coast. Several headland-bay beach models have been proposed to simulate the coastline’s configuration in equilibrium. In this paper, a new elliptical model is proposed, described, and applied. On the east coast of Laizhou Bay in Shandong Province from Longkou Port to Diaolongzui, four typical headland-bay beaches have developed, and four headland-bay beach models are used in this paper to simulate the morphology of these beaches to assess the applicability of each model. The simulation results of the elliptical model verify that it is applicable to the study area. In addition, the elliptical model is easy to use. Through simulation and field investigations, we concluded that most of the coastal segments in this area will remain in an erosion state, and the human activity has a significant impact on the shoreline’s evolution.

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          Journal of Ocean University of China
          Science Press and Springer (China )
          20 December 2019
          01 February 2020
          : 19
          : 1
          : 81-89
          1College of Marine Geosciences, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
          2Island Research Center, Ministry of Natural Resources, Pingtan 350400, China
          3Key Laboratory of Submarine Science and Exploration Technology, Education Ministry of China, Qingdao 266100, China
          4Shandong Marine Resources and Environment Institute, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Restoration for Marine Ecology, Yantai 264006, China
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          *Corresponding author: CAO Lihua, E-mail: hardyqd@
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