Longshore drift

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Definition of Littoral drift:
Littoral drift or longshore sediment transport is the term used for the longshore transport of non-cohesive sediments, i.e. mainly sand, along the upper shoreface due to the action of breaking waves and longshore currents.
This is the common definition for Littoral drift, other definitions can be discussed in the article


Littoral drift is essentially due to the longshore current. Formulas for the longshore sediment transport are given in: Littoral drift and shoreline modelling; see also Coastal Hydrodynamics And Transport Processes.

Recommended book

Komar, P.D. 1998. Beach Processes and Sedimentation. Second edition. Prentice-Hall, 544pp.