Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

2005 Edition
| Editors: Maurice L. Schwartz

Dissipative Beaches

  • Douglas J. Sherman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3880-1_123

Definition and classification

Dissipative beaches are systems where most wave energy is expended through the process of breaking. Guza (1974) was apparently the first to use the term dissipative beach. He indicated that the wave-energy status of a nearshore system could be determined using the surf-scaling parameter, ɛ:
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Cross-references

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    Beach FeaturesGoogle Scholar
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    Beach ProcessesGoogle Scholar
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    Reflective BeachesGoogle Scholar
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    Sandy CoastsGoogle Scholar
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    Surf Zone ProcessesGoogle Scholar
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