As the world's largest closed body of water, considerable changes in the Caspian Sea water level make it an unique laboratory to study all aspects of coastal zones. This research was aimed at evaluating the linkage between sea level changes and sediment characteristics of the south Caspian Sea coast. Initially, three field surveys were made along 700 km of the southern Caspian Sea coast. In addition to nearshore sampling, land forms were mapped. On the basis of the field reconnaissance, eight principal sampling stations were chosen. Sediments were sampled by divers along profiles at right angles to the coast at 5 depths (2, 4, 6, 8,10 meters). Hydrographic profiles also were surveyed. Laboratory tests on the sediment samples were made, and the sediment characteristics and morphological features were divided into distinct zones based on their response to sea level changes.
Firoozfar, Alireza; Bromhead, Edward N.; Dykes, Alan P.; and Neshaei, Mir Ahmad Lashteh
"Southern Caspian Sea Coasts, Morphology, Sediment Characteristics, and Sea Level Change,"
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy: Vol. 17
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/soilsproceedings/vol17/iss1/12