This paper deals with models proposed for calculating the shoreline change behind a breakwater. In particular, models developed by Hsu & Silvester , McCormick , Gonzalez & Medina , Hsu et al.  are discussed. Shoreline change behind a breakwater is estimated by these models. Results are compared with experimental data measured at the NOEL laboratory of Reggio Calabria. It is located a caisson breakwater for wave energy absorption made by 9 cellular caissons in reinforced concrete. The structure is 16.2 m long and located in a 2 m water depth. Waves in the undisturbed wave field are measured at the same water depth, 20 m far from the structure, by means of two pressure transducers and two ultrasonic probes located on two piles of small diameter (0.05 m). Tide is measured by probes in the undisturbed wave field and pressure transducers on the breakwater.
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