Beach processes during storm events.
Offshore sediment loss from storms and rising sea level. Modified from Wells, 1995
Figure 1. Barrier Beach morphology and processes. Barrier beaches are constantly
changing in response to hydrodynamic forces such as tides and waves, and a
rising sea level. Storms tend to erode beaches by moving sediment from the
beach and dune offshore into intertidal and subtidal bars. Studies show that
some sediment never returns to the beach the following year.
Last updated on October 6, 2005