Beach equilibrium morphology

Beach equilibrium morphology

The morphological variations in beaches take place in different spatial and temporal scales. One of the techniques used to analyze beach morphodynamics in the long term scale (years to decades) consists of trying to  search for the equilibrium geometry or multiannual average geometry adopted by a beach, taking into account the variability and aggregated values ​​of marine and sedimentary dynamics (waves , sea levels, currents, winds , D50 , etc. ..).


The concepts of profile and plant
quilibrium are part of what can be called " Engineering Methods in Beach Design", widely used by Coastal Engineers in stability and beach nourishment studies. To define the shape in plan and profile of a beach in equilibrium various approaches have been proposed in the literature .

Following this line of research, numerous scientific contributions have been made by the researchers at IH Cantabria in the last 25 years which have aimed to establish new formulations for the beach planform and profile. These formulations have also been included in practical pplications such as the 
SMC.

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