Beach Profile Changes under Sea Level Rise in Laboratory Flume Experiments at Different Scale

Paul Bayle, Tomas Beuzen, Chris Blenkinsopp, Tom E. Baldock, Ian Turner

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Laboratory wave flume experiments have been used to provide improved understanding of beach profile evolution under different wave and water level conditions. However, the understanding of the processes involved in the evolution of beach profile under Sea Level Rise (SLR) toward equilibrium is unclear. Two similar, but distorted experiments were performed at large and medium scale in order to study the qualitative morphological changes involved in beach profile evolution under SLR. Both experiments showed similar beach profile evolution. The profile change predicted by the Profile Translation Model (PTM) and the Bruun Rule underestimated the observed reatreat in both experiments. The length of the active beach profile increased under SLR. For the large scale experiment, the reflection coefficient of the beach decreased while the vertical runup increased significantly. The beachface changed faster than the outer surf zone, making the beach more dissipative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-196
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Coastal Research
Issue numbersp1
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2020


  • Sea level rise
  • equilibrium
  • flume
  • morphodynamic
  • scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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