Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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Littoral

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_195-2

Definition

In the vernacular, “littoral” refers to a shore or coastal region from the Latin litus, shore. In the technical usage, “littoral” and its associated derivative nomenclature are variously defined primarily depending on the disciplinary context. Even within a discipline, the terms tend to be used with some elasticity and in a semi-quantitative sense due to the quantitative imprecision of boundaries defined by “high tide” or “low tide,” “ordinary surf,” etc. or by primary and secondary biotic transitions (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Marine and Atmospheric SciencesStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA