Modelling longshore sediment transport and coastline evolution 1D

The aim of this two-day, hands-on course is to provide you with an understanding of how to establish a morphological baseline and estimate the overall coastline evolution in areas represented by quasi-uniform depth contours.

LITTORAL PROCESSES FM is a numerical model capable of simulating littoral drift and coastline evolution in areas with noncohesive sediment and quasi-uniform beaches in which the flow and transport can be assumed to be primarily in the longshore direction.

The model can be used for studies regarding sediment budgets, morphological baseline and the impact of coastal works.


  • Introduction to littoral process modelling
  • Sediment transport calculations
  • Setting up littoral drift models
  • Establishing morphological baseline
  • Setting up sediment transport tables
  • Setting up simple coastline evolution model
  • Shoreline evolution with structures
  • Result viewing and presentation
  • Walk-through model examples
  • Hands-on exercises


Professionals in the fields of shoreline management and planning of coastal development schemes.

Participants should preferably have a background in sediment transport and a good understanding of the coastal processes. It is an advantage but no condition that participants have followed the course 'MIKE 21 ST FM - Sand transport using flexible mesh' prior to the course.