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Beach Processes

  • Charles W. Finkl
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_140-1



The term beach processes refers to the collection of processes that are responsible for the formation and maintenance of morphological features and materials that make up all facets of units comprising the beach per se. Because the beach has subaerial and submarine components, processes range from the effects of wind to waves, currents, and tides acting on sediment supply and redistribution to form beach types. Important processes include swash run-up and rundown, overtopping, infiltration into the beachface, step generation, bar formation, cusp development, and so on. Processes and materials interact in a dynamic manner in continual adjustment to changing environmental conditions associated with wind regimes, wave climates, tides, and extreme events such as storm surge and tsunamis.


Beaches are complex systems that at first glance appear to be simple...


Wave Height Surf Zone Longshore Current Swash Zone Beach Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  2. 2.The Coastal Education and Research FoundationCoconut CreekUSA