Glossary of Coastal Terminology

Prepared by Brian Voigt
March 1998

Department of Ecology Publication No. 98-105


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References | Appendix of Figures


This glossary includes terminology used in coastal science, engineering, geology, management, nearshore oceanography and the technologies that characterize, measure, describe or quantify the physical properties, processes and changes of the coastal zone. Numerous potential selections were omitted at the discretion of the compilers.

Definitions are listed in alphabetical order and consist of the definition and descriptive terms. Many words feature multiple definitions. These definitions are listed in numerical order (1), (2), (3), etc. Terms defined by the Washington State Department of Ecology's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Handbook 1994 edition are prefaced by the (SMP) designation. In addition, some SMP definitions reference RCW numbers, the Revised Code of Washington. Cross-referencing of terms included in the glossary is denoted by words typed in all capitals. For example, abrasion is defined as the frictional EROSION by material transported by wind and WAVES. Cross-referencing of both EROSION and WAVES is found within this definition.

The text also includes figures that reference defined terms. These figures are located in Appendix A.

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