Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 119–126

Fine sediment transport under tidal action

  • Wim van Leussen

DOI: 10.1007/BF02430996

Cite this article as:
van Leussen, W. Geo-Marine Letters (1991) 11: 119. doi:10.1007/BF02430996


The behavior of fine-grained sediment transport under tidal action is reviewed. Erosion/sediment cycles are the characteristic features, indicating the suspended sediment concentration is primarily governed by local phenomena. The long-term transports cannot be understood without insight into the strongly variable short-term transports. The distribution of fine-grained sediment deposits within an estuary and the properties of the top layer of the bed are essential. The amount of fine-grained sediment in the bottom, potentially available for resuspension under specific conditions, can vary enormously within an estuary. Accurate fine-grained sediment transport predictions often fail because of insufficient knowledge of this factor.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wim van Leussen
    • 1
  1. 1.Rijkswaterstaat, Tidal Waters DivisionThe HagueThe Netherlands