Current running parallel to the shore generated by obliquely incident waves.
The longshore current is generated by the shore-parallel component of the stresses associated with the breaking process of obliquely incoming waves, the so-called radiation stresses. It is often the dominating current in the surf zone. .
For more coastal definitions and a sketch, see also Definitions of coastal terms.
- Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.