Sediment exchange between the sub-aqueous and sub-aerial coastal zones

Sierd De Vries*, Matthieu De Schipper, Marcel Stive, Roshanka Ranasinghe

*Corresponding author for this work

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The coastal system consists of a sub-aqueous and a sub-aerial zone which can be separated by a border. At this border sediment exchange takes place from one zone to the other. This paper hypothesizes that conditions and therefore sediment exchange at this border are dependent on active profile characteristics. To analyze morphological developments due to combined marine and aeolian processes data acquired at a measurement site located along the southwest Holland coast is exploited. Based on the monthly morphological profile measurements the border between the marine and aeolian zone is determined. It is found that during accretive conditions the vertical location of this border, and with that the conditions near the border, is dependent not on the foreshore slope of the surf/swash zone as expected but on the slope of the entire active profile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 32nd Conference on Coastal Engineering, Shanghai, China, 2010
EditorsJ McKee Smith, P Lynett
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2010 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 30 Jun 20105 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)0161-3782


Conference32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2010


  • Active profile
  • Aeolian transport
  • Coastline change
  • Morphological measurements


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