Morphology of the Danish North Sea Coast

by P. R. Jakobsen, Danish coast authority, Lemvig, Denmark,
H. Toxvig Madsen, Danish coast authority, Lemvig, Denmark,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Southern North Sea


The Danish North Sea coast consists of several elements:-the headland coast of northern Jutland, with long uninterrupted sandy beaches; -the vulnerable, sandy western coast, with several former coastlines; -the Wadden Sea coast, dominated by tidal action and accretionary landforms. Historical coastline movements are illustrated by map compositions and by analysis of results of the West Coast monitoring system. A morphological description of five areas is given: the Skaw Spit, the Wadden Sea, the Torsminde-Hvide Sande Barrier coast, Skallingen and the Thyboron Barrier Beach. Today tourism and recreation set the agenda for many coastal activities, hence it is fortunate that the technical trend in coastal protection clearly is toward beach nourishment.

Subject Headings: Beach accretion | Seas and oceans | Shores | Beach protection and nourishment | Beaches | Barrier islands | Coastal management | Coastal processes | North Sea | Wadden Sea

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