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ANFUSO, G  and  BENAVENTE, J. Approximation to the classification and morphodynamic behaviour of the beaches between Chipiona and Rota (Cádiz, SW Spain). Cienc. mar [online]. 2006, vol.32, n.4, pp.605-616. ISSN 0185-3880.

A beach monitoring program was carried out for the littoral between Chipiona and Rota (Cádiz, SW Spain) from March 1996 to May 1998. The beaches were classified following classic morphodynamic parameters. The Dean number and the surf scaling parameter reflected intermediate beach states characterized by spilling and plunging breakers, according to the surf similarity index values. Furthermore, the Dean number and the relative tidal range were used to classify the beaches following the classification proposed by Masselink and Short (1993). Most of the beaches surveyed belonged to the intermediate and, secondarily, to the dissipative state, confirming the values obtained from the previous parameters and field observations.

Keywords : beaches; dissipative; reflective; erosion; pivoting.

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