Inter-tidal Dynamics of Surface Moisture Content on a Meso-tidal Beach

Rachel J. Atherton, Andrew J. Baird, Giles F.S. Wiggs


A new device was used to measure the moisture content of the uppermost layers of beach sediments on a meso-tidal beach in the UK. The results showed that drainage of the beach surface was much more limited than previously assumed (<10 percent of assumed values). The implications of these findings are briefly discussed in the context of beach ground water modelling and coastal aeolian research.


Beach ground water; water tables; ThetaProbe; capillary rise.

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