Coastal cell

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Definition of Coastal cell (also called coastal sediment cell, sediment cell, littoral cell):
Coastal compartment within which sediment movement is self-contained.[1].
This is the common definition for Coastal cell (also called coastal sediment cell, sediment cell, littoral 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.


Related articles

Sediment budget
Shoreline management
Shoreline Management Plans, UK
EUROSION project


References

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