Tidal flat

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Definition of Tidal flat:
Shallow, often muddy, part of foreshore, which are covered and uncovered by the rise and fall of the tide. As a rule of thumb, a tidal flat normally develops when the relative tidal range RTR, defined as the ratio between the mean spring tidal range and the annual average HS, is higher than 15[1].
This is the common definition for Tidal flat, other definitions can be discussed in the article

See also

Related definitions are: tide, tidal wave and tidal current. For definitions of coastal terms, see also definitions of coastal terms.


  1. Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.