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Publications by ISROC Members
Here, we highlight some of the work on Coastal Boulder Deposits performed by ISROC members. Whenever possible, we link to versions of the publications that are not inside a paywall, but this may not be possible for some. ISROC members who would like to have their coastal boulder papers featured here, please send the publication details to and we will try to get it up quickly. Please make sure to include an online link where possible. Because of copyright, we will not be able to post pdfs of final paper versions in most cases, but we are able to post final accepted versions (your version before the journal does copyediting) and we can link to final versions online. 
If you cannot access a publication behind a paywall, please send an email to one of the publication authors (not to ISROC) and you should be able to get a copy, and maybe make a research connection. 
Spiske, M., Pilarczyk, J., Mitchell, S., Halley, R.E., Otai, T. (2022). "Coastal erosion and sediment reworking caused by Hurricane Irma – implications for storm impact on low-lying tropical islands". Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 47: 891–907. 
Nandasena, N.A.K., Scicchitano, G., Scardino, G., Milella, M., Piscitelli, A., Mastronuzzi, G. (2022). "Boulder displacements along rocky coasts: A new deterministic and theoretical approach to improve incipient motion formulas," Geomorphology, 407, 108217, 

van Blunk, A., Kennedy, A., and Cox, R. (2021). “Interplay between Coastal Elevation and Wave Height Controls the Occurrence of Coastal Boulder Deposits in the Aran Islands, Ireland”. Frontiers in Earth Science-Interdisciplinary Climate Studies, 9, 715383.
Kennedy, A.B., Cox, R., and Dias, F. (2021). “Storm Waves may be the Source of Some ‘Tsunami’ Coastal Boulder Deposits”. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(11), e2020GL090775
Steer, J., Kimmoun, O., and Dias, F. (2021). “Breaking-wave induced pressure and acceleration on a clifftop boulder”. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 929, R1; PII S0022112021008417,
Terry, J.P., Lau, A.Y.A., Bguyen, K.A., Liou, Y.-A., and Switzer, A.D. (2021). "Clustered, Stacked and Imbricated Large Coastal Rock Clasts on Ludao Island, Southeast Taiwan, and Their Application to Palaeotyphoon Intensity Assessment". Frontiers in Earth Science. 9, 792369.
Terry, J.P., Karoro, R., Gienko, G.A., Wieczorek, M., and Lau, A.Y.A. (2021). "Giant palaeotsunami in Kiribati: Converging evidence from geology and oral history". Island Arc 30(1), e12417.
Oetjen, J., Engel, M., and Schuttrumpf, H. (2021). "Experiments on tsunami induced boulder transport-A review". Earth-Science Reviews, 220, 103714.  
Brill, D., May, S. M., Mhammdi, N., King, G., Burow, C., Wolf, D., and Brückner, H. (2021). "Evalutating Optically Stimulated Luminescence rock surface exposure dating as a novel approach for reconstructing transport histories of coastal boulders over decadal to centennial time scales". Earth Surface Dynamics Discussions, 1-44, DOI: 10.5194/esurf-9-205-2021


Cox, R., Ardhuin, F., Dias, F., Autret, R., Beisiegel, N., Earlie, C.S., Herterich, J.G., Kennedy, A., Paris, R., Raby, A., Schmitt, P., and Weiss, R. (2020). “Systematic Review Shows That Work Done by Storm Waves Can Be Misinterpreted as Tsunami-Related Because Commonly Used Hydrodynamic Equations Are Flawed”. Frontiers in Marine Science (7),
Cox, R. (2020). “Megagravel deposits on the west coast of Ireland show the impacts of severe storms”. Weather 75(3), 72-77,
Nagle-McNaughton, T., and Cox, R. (2020). "Measuring Change Using Quantitative Differencing of Repeat Structure-From-Motion Photogrammetry: The Effect of Storms on Coastal Boulder Deposits". Remote Sensing 12(1), 42.  
Terry, J.P. and Malik, S.A. 2020. "Reconsidering the seawater-density parameter in hydrodynamic flow transport equations for coastal boulders". New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 63: 363–370. doi:10.1080/00288306.2020.1716815
Spiske, M., Garcia Garcia, A.-M., Tsukamoto, S., Schmidt, V. (2020). "High-energy inundation events versus long-term coastal processes – room for misinterpretation". Sedimentology, 67, 1460–1480.
Nandasena. N.A.K. (2020). Perspective of incipient motion formulas: boulder transport by high-energy waves, In: Engel, Pilarczyk,, May, Brill, and Garrett, Eds. Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves (Elsevier), 641-659.
Watanabe, M., Goto, K., Imamura, F., Kennedy, A., Sugawara, D., Nakamura, N., and Tonosaki, T. (2019). “Modeling boulder transport by coastal waves on cliff topography: Case study at Hachijo Island, Japan”,
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 44(15), 2939-2956  
Cox, R., L. O’Boyle, J. Cytrynbaum, “Imbricated Coastal Boulder Deposits are Formed by Storm Waves, and Can Preserve a Long-Term Storminess Record,” Scientific Reports, 9:10784, 2019.
Cox, D., Arikawa, T., Barbosa, A., Guannel, G., Inazu, D., Kennedy, A., Li, Y., Mori, N., Perry, K., Prevatt, D., Roueche, D., Shimozono, T., Simpson, C., Shimakawa, E., Shimura, T., Slocum, R. (2019). “Hurricanes Irma and Maria Post-Event Survey in US Virgin Islands”, Coastal Engineering Journal, 61(2), DOI:10.1080/21664250.2018.1558920.
Terry, J.P. and Goff, J. 2019. "Strongly aligned coastal boulders on Ko Larn island (Thailand): a proxy for past typhoon-driven high-energy wave events in the Bay of Bangkok". Geographical Research, 57: 344–358. doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12342

Lodhi, H.A., Hasan, H., and Nandasena, N.A.K. (2020). "The role of hydrodynamic impact force in subaerial boulder transport by tsunami—Experimental evidence and revision of boulder transport equation." Sedimentary Geology, 408, 105745,

Cullen, N.D., and Bourke, M.C. (2018). “Clast abrasion of a rock shore platform on the Atlantic coast of Ireland”. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43(12), 2627-2641,
Lau, A.Y.A., Terry, J.P., Ziegler, A., Pratap, A., and Harris, D. (2018). "Boulder emplacement and remobilisation by cyclone and submarine landslide tsunami waves near Suva City, Fiji". Sedimentary Geology 364, 242-257,
Terry, J.P., and Lau, A.Y.A. (2018). "Magnitudes of nearshore waves generated by tropical cyclone Winston, the strongest landfalling cyclone in South Pacific records. Unprecedented or unremarkable?" Sedimentary Geology 364, 276-285. 
Cox, R., Jahn, K.L., Watkins, O.G., and Cox, P. (2018). "Extraordinary boulder transport by storm waves (west of Ireland, winter 2013-2014), and criteria for analysing coastal boulder deposits".  Earth-Science Reviews 177, 623-636.
Terry, J.P., Goff, J. and Jankaew, K. 2018. "Major typhoon phases in the upper Gulf of Thailand over the last 1.5 millennia, determined from coastal deposits on rock islands". Quaternary International, 487: 87–98. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2018.04.022
Boulton, S.J. and Whitworth, M.R., 2018. "Block and boulder accumulations on the southern coast of Crete (Greece): evidence for the 365 CE tsunami in the Eastern Mediterranean". Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 456, pp.SP456-4. 

Kennedy, A., Mori, N., Yasuda, T., Shimozono, T., Tomiczek, T.1, Donahue, A.1, Shimura, T., and Imai, Y. (2017). “Extreme block and boulder transport along a cliffed coastline (Calicoan Island, Philippines) during Super Typhoon Haiyan”. Marine Geology, 383, 65-77,
Atwater, B.F., ten Brink, U.S., Cescon, A.L., Feuillet, N., Fuentes, Z., Halley, R.B., Nuñez, C., Reinhardt, E.G., Roger, J.H., Sawai, Y., Spiske, M., Tuttle, M.P., Wei, Y., Weil-Accardo, J.,  (2017). "Extreme waves in the British Virgin Islands during the last centuries before 1500 CE". Geosphere, 13, 301–368.
Brill, D., May, S.M., Mhammdi, N., King, G., Brückner, H. (2017). "OSL surface exposure dating of wave-emplaced coastal boulders –Research concept and first results from the Rabat coast, Morocco". Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, EGU2017-12947, EGU General Assemble 2017.  
Belkhayat, Z., El Aoula, R., Mhammdi, N. (2017) "Effects of the winter storms of 2017 on the Atlantic coast of Rabat: A preliminary evaluation". Bulletin de l'Institut Scientifique, Section Sciences de la Terre, (39), pp. 135- 139.

Kennedy, A.B., Mori, N., Zhang, Y., Yasuda, T., Chen, S.-E., Tajima, Y., Pecor, W., and Toride, K. (2016). “Observations and modeling of coastal boulder transport and loading during Super Typhoon Haiyan”, Coastal Engineering Journal, 58(1), doi: 10.1142/S0578563416400040
Lau, A.Y.A., Terry, J.P., Ziegler, A.D., Switzer, A.D., Lee, Y.S., and Etienne, S. (2016). "Understanding the history of extreme wave events in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia from large carbonate boulders on Makemo Atoll, with implications for future threats in the central South Pacific". Marine Geology 380, 174-190.
Terry, J.P., Oliver, G.J.H. and Friess, D.A. (2016). "Ancient high-energy storm boulder deposits on Ko Samui, Thailand, and their significance for identifying coastal hazard risk". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 454: 282–293. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.046
Spiske, M. (2016). "Coral-rubble ridges as dynamic coastal features – short-term reworking and weathering processes". Advances in Geosciences, 38, 55–61.

Lau, A.Y.A., Terry, J.P., Switzer, A.D., and Pile, J. (2015). "Advantages of beachrock slabs for interpreting high-energy wave transport: Evidence from Ludao Island in south-eastern Taiwan", Geomorphology 228, 263-274.   10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.09.010 
May, S.M., Engel., M., Brill, D., Cuadra, C., Lagmay, A.M.F., Santiago, J., Suarez, J.K., Reyes, M., and Brueckner, H. (2015). "Block and boulder transport in Eastern Samar (Philippines) during Supertyphoon Haiyan".  Earth Surface Dynamics, 3(4), 543-558.    
Terry, J.P., Jankaew, K. and Dunne, K. (2015). "Coastal vulnerability to typhoon inundation in the Bay of Bangkok, Thailand? Evidence from carbonate boulder deposits on Ko Larn island". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 165: 261–269. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.05.028
Bahlburg, H. and Spiske, M. (2015). "Styles of early diagenesis and the preservation potential of onshore tsunami deposits – a resurvey of Isla Mocha, Central Chile, two years after the February 27, 2010 Maule tsunami". Sedimentary Geology, 326, 33–44.   

Mhammdi, N., Medina, F., Trentesaux, A., Font, E., Belkhayat, Z., Geawhari, M.-A. (2015). "Sedimentary evidence of palaeo-tsunami deposits along the loukkosestuary (Moroccan Atlantic coast)". Science of Tsunami Hazards, 34 (2), pp. 83-100.   

Lau, A.Y.A., Etienne, S., Terry, J.P., Switzer, A.D., and Lee, Y.S. (2014). "A preliminary study of the distribution, sizes and orientations of large reef-top coral boulders deposited by extreme waves at Makemo Atoll, French Polynesia". Journal of Coastal Research, SI70, 272-277.
Gienko, G.A. and Terry, J.P. (2014). "Three-dimensional modeling of coastal boulders using multi-view image measurements". Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39: 853–864. doi:10.1002/esp.3485
Terry, J.P. and Etienne, S. (2014). "Potential for timing high-energy marine inundation events in the recent geological past through age-dating of reef boulders in Fiji". Geoscience Letters, 1:14. doi:10.1186/s40562–014–0014–8
Terry, J.P. and Goff, J. (2014). "Megaclasts: proposed revised nomenclature at the coarse end of the Udden-Wentworth grain-size scale for sedimentary particles". Journal of Sedimentary Research, 84: 192–197. doi:10.2110/jsr.2014.19
Spiske, M. and Halley, R.B. (2014). "A coral rubble ridge as evidence for hurricane overwash, Anegada (British Virgin Islands)". Advances in Geosciences, 38, 9–20.

Nandasena, N.A.K.,  Tanaka, N., Sasaki, Y., Osada, M. (2013). "Boulder transport by the 2011 Great East Japan tsunami: Comprehensive field observations and whither model predictions?" Marine Geology, 346,292-309,
Nandasena, N.A.K., Tanaka, N. (2013). "Boulder transport by high energy: Numerical model-fitting experimental observations", Ocean Engineering, 57, 163-179,

Cox, R.. Zentner, D.B., Kirchner, B.J., and Cook, M.S. (2012). "Boulder Ridges on the Aran Islands (Ireland): Recent Movements Caused by Storm Waves, Not Tsunamis". Journal of Geology 120(3), 249-272.
Engel. M., and May, S. (2012). "Bonaire's boulder fields revisited: evidence for Holocene tsunami impact on the Leeward Antilles". Quaternary Science Reviews, SI54, 126-141.   
Etienne, S. and Terry, J.P. (2012). "Coral boulders, gravel tongues and sand sheets: features of coastal accretion and sediment nourishment by Cyclone Tomas (March 2010) on Taveuni Island, Fiji". Geomorphology, 175–176: 54–65. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.06.018 
Bahlburg, H. and Spiske, M. (2012). "Sedimentology of tsunami inflow and backflow deposits: key differences revealed in a modern example". Sedimentology, 59, 1063–1086.

Terry, J.P. and Etienne, S. (2011). “Stones from the dangerous winds” – reef platform mega-clasts in the tropical Pacific Islands". Natural Hazards, 56: 567–569. doi:10.1007/s11069–010–9697–0
Spiske, M. and Bahlburg, H. (2011). "A quasi-experimental setting of coarse clast transport by the 2010 Chile tsunami (Bucalemu, Central Chile)". Marine Geology, 289, 72-85.
Nandasena, N.A.K.,  Paris, R., Tanaka, N. (2011). "Numerical assessment of boulder transport by the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami in Lhok Nga, West Banda Aceh (Sumatra, Indonesia)", Computers & Geosciences, 37(9), 1391-1399,
Nandasena, N.A.K., Paris, R., Tanaka, N. (2011). "Reassessment of hydrodynamic equations: Minimum flow velocity to initiate boulder transport by high energy events (storms, tsunamis)", Marine Geology, 281(1–4),70-84, 
Medina, F., Mhammdi, N., Chiguer, A., Akil, M., Jaaidi, E.B. (2011). "The Rabat and Larache boulder fields; new examples of high-energy deposits related to storms and tsunami waves in north-western Morocco". Natural Hazards, 59 (2), pp. 725-747. doi:10.1007/s11069-009-9454-4
Bahlburg, H., Spiske, M., Weiss, R. (2010). Comment on “Sedimentary features of tsunami backwash deposits in a shallow marine Miocene setting, Mejillones Peninsula, northern Chile” by G. Cantalamessa and C. Di Celma [Sedimentary Geology 178 (2005) 259-273]". Sedimentary Geology 228, 77-80. 

Spiske, M. and Jaffe, B. (2009). "Sedimentology and hydrodynamic implications of a coarse grained hurricane sequence in a carbonate reef setting". Geology, 37, 839–842.
Spiske, M., Böröcz, Z., Bahlburg, H. (2008). "The role of porosity in discriminating between tsunami and hurricane emplacement of boulders - a case study from the Lesser Antilles, southern Caribbean". Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 268, 384–396.  
Mhammdi, N., Medina, F., Kelletat, D., Ahmamou, M., Aloussi, L. (2008). "Large boulders along the Rabat coast (Morocco); possible emplacement by the November, 1st, 1755 A.D. tsunami". Science of Tsunami Hazards, 27 (1), pp. 17-30.      

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