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Model type Modular
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
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Spatial extent
Model domain Coastal
One-line model description Numerical Model for Simulating Storm-Induce Beach Change
Extended model description SBEACH is a numerical simulation model for predicting beach, berm, and dune erosion due to storm waves and water levels. It has potential for many applications in the coastal environment, and has been used to determine the fate of proposed beach fill alternatives under storm conditions and to compare the performance of different beach fill cross-sectional designs.

coastal evolution, beach profile, storm wave,

Name Mark Gravens
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization US Army Corps of Engineers
Postal address 1 3909 Halls Ferry Road
Postal address 2
Town / City Vicksburg
Postal code 39180
State Mississippi
Country United States
Email address
Phone 601-634-3809
Fax 601-634-4314

Supported platforms
Other platform
Programming language

Fortran77, C++

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Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development 1986
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
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Model availability
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type Other
Program license type other Commercial
Memory requirements Typical
Typical run time Minutes to hours

Describe input parameters Initial beach profiles, time series of storm wave heights, periods, and storm water levels
Input format ASCII, Binary
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Describe output parameters Estimated post-storm beach profile, cross-shore profile of: maximum wave height; maximum water elevation plus setup; volume change
Output format ASCII, Binary
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Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? Yes
Describe post-processing software Included in software package
Visualization software needed? Yes
If above answer is yes
Other visualization software Included in software package

Describe processes represented by the model SBEACH is an empirically based numerical model for estimating beach and dune erosion due to storm waves and water levels. The magnitude of cross-shore sand transport is empirically related wave energy dissipation per unit water volume in the main portion of the surf zone. Direction of transport is dependent on deep water wave steepness and sediment fall speed.
Describe key physical parameters and equations See SBEACH documentation (;31 ).
Describe length scale and resolution constraints SBEACH is a beach profile evolution model. The model domain should extend from the landward limit of wave run-up offshore to the depth of closure.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints SBEACH is a short-term storm processes model and is intended for the estimation of beach profile response to storm events. Typical simulation durations are limited to hours to days (1 week maximum).
Describe any numerical limitations and issues SBEACH is an empirically based model that was developed for sandy beaches with uniform representative grain sized in the range of 0.2 to 0.42 mm. SBEACH should be tested or calibrated using data from beach profile surveyed before and after storms on the project coast.

Describe available calibration data sets SBEACH was "validated" using a large suite of laboratory and field data sets. See SBEACH Report 4: Cross-Shore Transport Under Random Waves and Model Validation with SUPERTANK and Field Data.;31
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Describe available test data sets See SBEACH Report 4 (;31 )
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Describe ideal data for testing

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? --
Is there a manual available? Yes
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Model website if any;31
Model forum / discussion board
Comments SBEACH is distributed as a component of the Coastal Engineering Design and Analysis System (CEDAS).

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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
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