Short-term backshore processes under wave and wind actions

Keiko Udo, S. Yamawaki

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    Wave and wind impacts on short-term backshore processes were investigated through field observations of daily bed elevation, sand grain size, and wave, tide, and wind conditions at an open-ocean dissipative beach in Japan from September 2004 to March 2005. Indices of wave and wind impacts were defined by wave run-up level and wind-driven sand transport rate, respectively. The results show that waves have larger effects than winds on backshore sedimentation. Furthermore, both waves and winds cause sand coarsening in the backshore. Run-up waves are the external force with the greatest impact on backshore processes, followed by landward strong winds, and mild winds.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-241
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Coastal Research
    Issue numberSPEC. ISSUE 50
    Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1


    • Blown sand
    • Littoral drift
    • Rise of sea level
    • Sediment transport
    • Wave run-up

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology
    • Water Science and Technology
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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