The part of the beach lying between the beach face and the dune foot or the coastline.
The backshore is dry under normal conditions; it is often characterised by berms. Vegetation is generally sparse or absent. The backshore is only exposed to waves under extreme events with high tide and storm surge. .
For more coastal definitions and a sketch, see also Definitions of coastal terms.
- Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.