Shaping The Beach: Cross-Shore Sand Transport in the Swash Zone

J. van der Werf, S. Dionisio Antonio, J. Kranenborg, B. Vermeulen, G. Campmans, Joep van der Zanden, J. Ribberink, A. Reniers, S. Hulscher

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The swash zone is the highly dynamic region near the shoreline where waves run up and down the beach. Swash processes determine whether sand is stored on the upper beach or is transported offshore, and they thus strongly affect shoreline evolution. The swash zone sand transport processes are not fully understood and no generally-valid numerical swash zone sand transport models are available. The Shaping The Beach (2018-2023) research projects aims to develop a new parameterization for sand transport in the swash zone, through a combination of detailed field-scale wave flume experiments and advanced numerical modeling (OpenFoam, XBeach). As a final step, the new parameterization will be implemented in practical morphological modelling systems (e.g. Delft3D) and validated against field cases. This is expected to result in a widely applicable practical morphological model that can reliably predict shoreline evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Structures 2019
EditorsNils Goseberg, Torsten Schlurmann
PublisherBundesanstalt für Wasserbau
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-939230-64-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCoastal Structures Conference 2019 - Mariott Hannover Maschsee, Hannover, Germany
Duration: 30 Sept 20192 Oct 2019


ConferenceCoastal Structures Conference 2019


  • Swash zone
  • Sand transport
  • Shoreline evolution
  • Numerical modelling
  • Wave flume experiments


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