Sandy Beach Morphodynamics

Sandy Beach Morphodynamics

1st Edition - May 19, 2020

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  • Editors: Derek Jackson, Andrew Short
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081029282
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081029275

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Sandy beaches represent some of the most dynamic environments on Earth and examining their morphodynamic behaviour over different temporal and spatial scales is challenging, relying on multidisciplinary approaches and techniques. Sandy Beach Morphodynamics brings together the latest research on beach systems and their morphodynamics and the ways in which they are studied in 29 chapters that review the full spectrum of beach morphodynamics. The chapters are written by leading experts in the field and provide introductory level understanding of physical processes and resulting landforms, along with more advanced discussions.

Key Features

  • Includes chapters that are written by the world’s leading experts, including the latest up-to-date thinking on a variety of subject areas
  • Covers state-of-the-art techniques, bringing the reader the latest technologies/methods being used to understand beach systems
  • Presents a clear-and-concise description of processes and techniques that enables a clear understanding of coastal processes


Undergraduate and postgraduates focusing on the theme of physical geography and specifically on coastal processes and nearshore oceanography

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to beach morphodynamics
    Derek Jackson and Andrew Short
    2. Beach sand and its origins
    Burg Flemming
    3. Wave climates: deep water to shoaling zone
    Fernando Méndez and Ana Rueda
    4. Wave Behaviour outside the surfzone
    Karin Bryan and Hannah Power
    5. Tidal modulation
    Luci Pereira, Ana Vila Concejob and Wellington Trindadec
    6. Breaking waves
    Hannah Power
    7. The surf zone
    Shari Gallop, Karin Bryan and Gundula Winter
    8. The swash zone
    Michael Hughes and Tom Baldock
    9. Marine sediment transport
    Sierd de Vries, Meagan Wengrove and Judith Bosboom
    10. Aeolian (windblown) sand transport over beaches
    Ian Walker
    11. Rip currents
    Chris Houser, Phil Wernette, Sarah Trimble and Summer Locknick
    12. From Cusps to Capes: Self-Organized shoreline Shapes
    Brad Murray, Andrew Ashton and Giovanni Coco
    13. Rhythmic patterns in the surfzone
    Giovanni Coco, Brad Murray and Andrew Ashton
    14. Mixed sand and gravel beaches
    Alejandro López-Ruiz, Miguel Ortega-Sánchez and Miguel Losada
    15. Sandy beaches in estuaries and bays
    Ana Vila-Concejo, Shari Gallop and John Largier
    16. Wave-dominated, tide-modified and tide-dominated continuum
    Andrew Short
    17. Shallow water wave modelling in the nearshore (SWAN)
    Emilia Guisado-Pintado
    18. Reflective-dissipative continuum
    Lluís Gomez-Pujol and Alejandro Orfila
    19. Shoreline change Analysis
    Helene Burningham, Miriam Fernandez-Nunez
    20. Seasonal imprint on beach morphodynamics
    Nadia Senechal and Amaia Ruiz de Alegría-Arzaburu
    21. Long-term shoreline morphodynamics: Processes and preservation of environmental signals
    Christopher Hein and Andrew Ashton
    22. Extreme events: impact and recovery
    Bruno Castelle and Mitchell Harley
    23. Headland Bypassing and Overpassing: Form, Processes and Applications
    Antonio Klein, Guilherme Vieira da Silva, Rui Taborda, Ana Silva and Andrew Short
    24. Beach rotation
    Carlos Loureiro and Oscar Ferreira
    25. Coastal Sediment Compartments, Wave Climate, and Centennial-Scale Sediment Budget
    Ian Goodwin, Marta Ribo and Thomas Mortlock
    26. Global beach database
    Arjen Luijendijk and Sierd de Vries
    27. Beach and nearshore monitoring techniques
    Anne Ton, Mark Lee, Sander Vos, Matthijs Gawehn, Kees den Heijer and Stefan Aarninkhof
    28. Machine Learning and coastal processes
    Tom Beuzen and Kristen Splinter
    29. Future challenges in beach management as contested spaces
    Bruce Thom

Product details

  • No. of pages: 814
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: May 19, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081029282
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081029275

About the Editors

Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson is a coastal geomorphologist whose research focus is on coastal environmental change (morphodynamics and geomorphology) at a number of spatial and temporal scales and works on beach and dune systems at various international sites from Europe to South Africa. These research efforts link into themes such as climate change impacts, its associated sea level rise and increased storminess on coastlines. Much of his work undertaken to date ultimately helps in the development of responses to global climate change and pressures on natural beach and dune systems internationally. He has published widely in these fields, sits on several UK and international research panels and is currently co-director of the Centre for Coastal & Marine Research at Ulster University.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Ulster University, UK

Andrew Short

Andrew Short is a marine scientist specializing in coastal processes and beach dynamics. He has degrees from the University of Sydney, University of Hawaii and Louisiana State University and has worked on the coasts of North and South America, including north Alaska and Hawaii, Europe, New Zealand and the entire Australian coast. He is presently Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney; Adjunct Professor in the Griffith (University) Centre for Coastal Management; Senior Coastal Scientist (part-time) with; Scientific Adviser to Surf Life Saving Australia; Deputy Chair of National Surfing Reserves (Australia); and on the Executive Committee of World Surfing Reserves. Short has investigated all 10,685 Australian beaches plus another 1500 on 30 major islands. This information is available on line and has been written up in eight books, one for each state and territory. He has written 12 books and over 200 scientific publications. His extensive contribution to both coastal science and beach safety was recognized in 2010 with an Order of Australia Medal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

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