(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Berm formation and dynamics on a gently sloping beach; the effect of water level and swash overtopping

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

JENSEN S.G. (1) ; AAGAARD T. (1) ; BALDOCK T.E. (2) ; KROON A. (1) ; HUGHES M. (3) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography and Geology, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK
(2) Division of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Queensland, Brisbane, AUSTRALIE
(3) Marine & Coastal Environment Group, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, AUSTRALIE


Berm formation and morphological development of the beach face have been observed during a neap-neap tidal cycle on the gently sloping and accreting beach at Vejers, Denmark. This berm development can be described through both the neap-berm, ridge-and-runnel and berm-ridge development concepts proposed by Hine (1979), and all 3 stages were observed during only 3 tidal cycles. The factors controlling this fast transformation were the gentle slope of the cross-shore profile, rapid water level translation rates, substantial swash overtopping of the berm, and low infiltration rates. Despite the onshore migration of intertidal bars and berm formation, no net foreshore accretion took place during the field campaign. This was largely due to the formation of rip channels with strong rip currents cutting through the intertidal bars and the berm, which acted as a sediment drain in the profile


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 34, no11 [pp. 1533-1546]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 11 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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