Beach berm

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Definition of Beach berm:
A nearly horizontal plateau on the beach face or backshore, formed by the deposition of beach material by wave action, or by means of a mechanical plant as part of a beach recharge scheme.[1].
This is the common definition for Beach berm, other definitions can be discussed in the article


  • There may be several beach berms and in some cases no berms.
  • Under normal conditions a beach berm is formed on the upper part of the foreshore, and over the backshore during severe events.
  • During dry periods berms are often formed across openings to minor streams and lagoons, such blocking are also referred to as bar formations.


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