Coastal cell

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Definition of Coastal cell:
Coastal compartment within which sediment movement is self-contained.[1].
This is the common definition for Coastal cell, other definitions can be discussed in the article

A coastal cell contains a complete cycle of sedimentation including sources, transport paths, and sinks. The cell boundaries (often corresponding to headlands or jetties) delineate the geographical area within which the budget of sediment is balanced, providing the framework for the quantitative analysis of coastal erosion and accretion.

Other terms for coastal cell are: coastal sediment cell, sediment cell, littoral cell.


  1. CIRIA (1996). Beach management manual. CIRIA Report 153.

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