nearshore

[neer-shawr, -shohr]
adjective
extending from or occurring along a shore.

Origin:
1895–1900; near + shore

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nearshore   (nîr'shôr')  Pronunciation Key 
The region of land extending between the backshore, or shoreline, and the beginning of the offshore zone. Water depth in this area is usually less than 10 m (33 ft).
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Sea otters are crucial indicators of the health of our nearshore waters and
  coastal resources, from kelp forests to fisheries.
The resulting polygon-based inventory characterizes physical and biological
  components of nearshore habitat.
The nearshore actually includes the areas both above and below the beach.
Predictive models of nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and beach
  evolution perform poorly.
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