XBeach – Basic Course – Morphodynamic Modelling during Storm Conditions (DSD-INT 2023)

XBeach is an open-source software package developed jointly by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft University of Technology and Deltares. It can compute the hydrodynamics and morphological change on sandy, gravel, coral, vegetated and urbanized coasts under daily and extreme conditions.

Course objective

During the XBeach course, programme attendees will gain a basic theoretical understanding of XBeach capabilities and functionalities. Additionally, attendees will learn how to apply the software for research or consultancy studies to simulate morphodynamics during storm conditions with XBeach-surfbeat.

Learning outcomes

When utilizing XBeach for modelling, attendees will be able to retrieve theoretical and practical knowledge gained in this course.

  • Theoretical: attendees understand
    • the differences between the three hydrodynamic modes of XBeach: stationary, surfbeat and non-hydrostatic;
    • the background of the surfbeat mode and main (other) hydro- and morphodynamic formulations needed to simulate dune erosion and overwash;
    • the possibilities of more advanced applications (e.g. coral reefs, gravel & vegetated coasts, port hydrodynamics and ships waves).
  • Practical: attendees will know
    • what the input and output of XBeach looks like and how this can be used to answer practical questions in research / consultancy;
    • how to create an XBeach-surfbeat model from scratch to simulate nearshore hydro- and morphodynamics during storm conditions.

Who should participate

This course is aimed at project engineers, researchers, PhD students with a basic background in programming (e.g. Matlab / Python / Fortran) and modelling. During the course we will use Matlab to setup a XBeach model from scratch, we recommend you to have Matlab installed.

Online course dates

Session 1: Tuesday, 19 September 2023,  15:00 – 18:00 CEST (Delft time)
Session 2: Wednesday, 20 September 2023,  15:00 – 18:00 CEST
Session 3: Thursday, 21 September 2023, 15:00 – 17:00 CEST


The registration fee for this course is € 599, – excluding VAT.
50% discount for lecturers at centers of education.

More information on XBeach



This course is part of the Delft Software Days 2023.