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Definition of Backshore:
The part of the beach lying between the beach face and the dune foot or the coastline.
This is the common definition for Backshore, other definitions can be discussed in the article


The backshore is dry under normal conditions; it is often characterised by berms. Vegetation is generally sparse or absent. The backshore is only exposed to waves under extreme events with high tide and storm surge. [1].

For more coastal definitions and a sketch, see also Definitions of coastal terms.


  1. Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.