Beach Profile

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Beach Profile (English)
海浜断面 (日本語)
Perfile de la playa (Español)
Profil de la plage (Français)
Diagram showing the various components of the profile of a typical beach

Measurement of the elevation or height of the beach surface taken along a line that runs from the dune to the water across the beach. Profiles taken at different dates can be compared to illustrate and quantify storm, seasonal, and longer-term changes in beach width, height, volume, and shape.

Reference document: Beach and Dune Profiles: An Educational Tool for Observing and Comparing Dynamic Coastal Environments