A detached breakwater is a structure parallel, or close to parallel, to the coast, build inside or outside the surf zone. Detached breakwaters are mainly built with two purposes, either to protect a ship wharf from wave action or as a coast/shore protection measure.
Detached breakwaters are the most common type of breakwater. However, also other types of breakwaters exist. Other types of breakwaters are e.g. submerged or low-crested breakwaters, floating breakwaters, modified breakwaters or headlands. See also Application of breakwaters.
- Detached breakwaters: Function, design, impacts and application of detached breakwaters.
- Detached shore parallel breakwaters: On erosion and the design, application and effects of detached shore parallel breakwaters.
- Applicability of detached breakwaters: Application of detached breakwaters for different types of coast (see also classification of Coastlines).
- Port breakwaters and coastal erosion: Effects of breakwaters from different types of ports on coastal erosion.