SC060027 - Interface to SANTOSS (Sand Transport in Oscillatory Flow) Project

Theme:Modelling and Risk
Project status:Completed
Start date:30/06/2006
End date:09/01/2012
  • Flood Defence
  • HR Wallingford


The SANTOSS project was run by a consortium of UK and Dutch universities with funding from UK and Dutch research councils. It aimed to improve our understanding of, and ability to predict sand movement in the coastal zone. The main outputs from the SANTOSS research include:

• A  large data-base of laboratory observations of suspended sediment transport rates under large simulated wave conditions
• A new formula for predicting sediment transport rates. This new formula (the SANTOSS formula) can be used to calculate the transport rate of sand. It includes processes not considered in most previous formulae, and hence is expected to give more accurate and realistic estimates especially in the shallow nearshore region where waves become steep and forward-leaning as they approach breaking.