Inlet Dynamics Initiative: Algarve (INDIA)

INDIA project DVD
INDIA project DVD ©

The DVD is available free of charge.

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Find out more about the INDIA project.

The aims of the INDIA project were to gain a better understanding of the interactions between tides, waves, currents and sediment processes at work in the European coastal zone and to be able to predict change.

The study area was centred on the tidal inlet within the Peninsula do Ancao, Ria Formosa National Park, Algarve, Portugal. The majority of the fieldwork was carried out from January to March 1999.

The types of data collection activities fell into the following categories

  • Offshore measurements (waves, currents and turbidity)
  • Radar systems
  • Bathymetry (inshore, offshore and in the lagoon area)
  • Beach experiments
  • Meteorology
  • Aeolian transport over the beach
  • Inlet mouth (sediment transport, currents and wave interactions)
  • Video tower (daily images of the inlet and nearby coast)
  • Lagoon area (tidal fluctuations and currents)

The data collected were released initially as a four CDROM set, the contents of which are now available on a DVD.

  • Part 1 — bathymetry, moored instruments and tidal predictions
  • Part 2 — radar systems, ACDP surveys, jack-up barge and beach experiments
  • Part 3 — video tower images
  • Part 4 — aerial survey, seabed photographs and field campaign images

Data from the offshore moored instrument array and the pressure gauges located in the tidal inlet have been incorporated into the BODC National Oceanographic Database (NODB) and are available on request from the BODC Enquiries Officer.