Nearshore Sand Bars on Western Mediterranean Beaches

  • Francesca RibasEmail author
  • Albert Falqués
  • Roland Garnier


This contribution reviews the existing observations of nearshore sand bars (including shore-parallel straight and crescentic bars, and transverse bars) on western Mediterranean beaches. In general, their morphological characteristics and the dynamic processes they experience do not differ qualitatively from those measured on other coasts. A peculiarity of the bars in western Mediterranean is their slower dynamics due to the milder climate, characterized by short-period waves and long episodes of small waves. During these calm periods, the morphology is arrested because there is no significant sediment transport.


Shore-parallel bars Crescentic bars Transverse bars Catalan coast Gulf of Lions 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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