Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards

2013 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky

Tidal Bores

  • Hubert Chanson
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4_50


Benak (Malaysia); Bono (Indonesia); Burro (Mexico); Mascaret (France); Pororoca (Brazil)


A tidal bore is a positive surge of tidal origin that may occur in an estuary when the tidal flow turns to rising; the existence of a tidal bore is linked with a large tidal range, an estuarine bathymetry that amplifies the tidal wave and a low freshwater level.


A tidal bore is an unsteady flow motion generated by the rapid water level rise at a river mouth during the early flood tide when the flood tide waters rush into a funnel-shaped river mouth that amplifies the tidal range. A bore is a sudden increase of the water depth as illustrated in Figures  1 and 2. Figure  1 shows a tidal bore in the Bay of Mont Saint Michel (France). The tidal bore advances in the river channel and on the surrounding sand flats. Figure  2presents the tidal bore of the Dordogne River (France). The surfers give the scale of the bore front. Worldwide, it is estimated that over 400 estuaries...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil EngineeringThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia