Nearshore Sand Bars

  • Francesca RibasEmail author
  • Albert Falqués
  • Roland Garnier


This review summarizes the morphological characteristics and dynamics of nearshore sand bars observed in the surf zone of sandy beaches worldwide, with length scales ranging from tens to hundreds of meters and time scales ranging from hours to weeks. They include shore-parallel bars (straight and crescentic) and transverse bars of different types. Furthermore, the present knowledge on the physical processes behind their formation and development is discussed.


Shore-parallel bars Crescentic bars Transverse bars Physical processes Self-organization Sediment transport Coastal morphodynamics 



This research has been funded by the Spanish government through the research projects CTM2012-35398 (cofunded by FEDER, U.E.) and CTM2015-66225-C2-1-P (MINECO/FEDER).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Ribas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Albert Falqués
    • 1
  • Roland Garnier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Environmental Hydraulics Institute (IH Cantabria)Universidad de CantabriaSantanderSpain

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