Surfzone-Beach-Dune interactions: Flow and Sediment Transport across the Intertidal Beach and Backshore

Patrick Hesp, Thomas Smyth

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The original wave-beach-dune model (Hesp, 1982) stated that in the medium to long term, modal dissipative beaches display maximum onshore wave driven sediment transport, maximum aeolian transport off beaches, the largest foredune heights and volumes, and the largest Holocene dunefields. Modal reflective beaches display the opposite, while modal intermediate beaches display a trend in these from relatively high to relatively low sediment transport, foredune volumes, and Holocene barrier volumes with a trend from dissipative to reflective. New Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling of flow and calculation of sediment transport over three modal beach types presented here shows that the original conceptual ideas and field data regarding aeolian sediment transport are correct. Dissipative beaches show the greatest long term potential for sediment delivery to the backshore whilst reflective beaches display the least, with a trend from relatively high to low in the intermediate beach state range.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Coastal Research
Issue numberSI 75
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Coastal Symposium - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 Mar 201611 Mar 2016
Conference number: 14


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