Cross-shore intertidal bar behavior along the dutch coast: Laser measurements and conceptual model

Sander Vos*, Lennard Spaans, Ad Reniers, Rob Holman, Robert McCall, Sierd de Vries

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Intertidal bars are naturally occurring morphological features along the waterline of sandy beaches. Present quantitative knowledge on intertidal bar behavior is limited, due to the scarcity of data resources and the limitations of traditional survey techniques. To investigate and quantify the cross-shore morphologic behavior of intertidal bars, hourly terrestrial laser scans of Kijkduin beach (The Netherlands) are used and a conceptual evolution intertidal bar model is constructed. In a six-week period in January and February 2017, a pronounced intertidal bar formed at Kijkduin beach and migrated onshore during mild wave conditions and eroded again during storm conditions. The observed maximum shoreward migration was 30 m horizontally with a maximum growth of about 1 m in the vertical direction. Onshore sediment transport fluxes peaked around 2 m3 per m width per day. In the conceptual model proposed here, run-up and overwash processes are dominant for shoreward growth and migration of the bar and submersion processes are responsible for bar destruction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number864
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Coastal monitoring
  • Conceptual model
  • Cross-shore sediment transport
  • Intertidal sandbars
  • LiDAR


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