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Bogdan Prodanov
•    Prof. DSc. Oleksandr Trofymchuk, UKRAINE 
•    Prof. Dr. hab. oec. Baiba Rivza, LATVIA
The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast is a well-formed mosaic of pockets, small, gravellysandy beaches, and erosion-prone or erosion-resistant cliffs. A significant portion of the depositional cost along the Strandzha sector includes sand beaches with frontal and stabilized dunes, whose high-resolution mapping is a major task in this work. Currently, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are the main method for topographic reconstruction. The world's experience in UAS surveys and the rapid capture of hard-to-reach large shore areas are the reasons why we emphasize using drones to map coastal landforms. Based on high-resolution UAS-derived data, a map of depositional landforms was created for the Harmani-Sozopol beach-dune system for the first time. Raster RGB orthophoto mosaics have been used to digitalize and classify different types of dunes. Elevation data from DSM with 15 cm resolution were used to identify beach and dune morphological features: shoreline position, dune foot line, dune crest line, and stable vegetation line. The spatial analysis in the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) of the obtained elements allows an accurate assessment of the shoreline changes (erosion/accretion) and dynamics of the dune field. For the time period of 1918-2022, using the Linear Regression Rate (LRR) indicator, an average accretion rate of +0.02 m/yr was reported for Harmani beach-dune system. For the last 100 years, the area has registered a decrease in area by over 55% from 14.5 ha to 6.5 ha. The paper aims to present a multidisciplinary approach to the study of highly dynamic coastal landforms, the results of which would benefit local authorities in drawing up management plans for the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
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The mapping of coastal landforms was conducted under the project „Multidisciplinary study of Burgas Bay – MidBay (Composition of a detailed digital model of the bottom relief with analysis of modern geomorphological conditions and archaeological forecasting modeling)“, Grant № КП-06-Н34/7/09.12.2019 funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund. The author expresses special thanks to the scientific manager of the project Professor Dr. Lyubomir Dimitrov (IO-BAS).
Proceedings of 23rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2023
23rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2023, 03 - 09 July, 2023
Proceedings Paper
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International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference-SGEM
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci and Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts and Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; Croatian Acad Sci and Arts; Acad Sci Moldova; Montenegrin Acad Sci and Arts; Georgian Acad Sci; Acad Fine Arts and Design Bratislava; Russian Acad Arts; Turkish Acad Sci.
03 - 09 July, 2023
sand beach, coastal dunes, shoreline changes, unmanned aerial vehicles, Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS), Harmani-Sozopol beach-dune system, Bulgarian Black Sea coast