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Comparison of measurements and models of bed stress, bedforms and suspended sediments under combined currents and waves

Bolanos-Sanchez, Rodolfo; Thorne, Peter; Wolf, Judith. 2012 Comparison of measurements and models of bed stress, bedforms and suspended sediments under combined currents and waves. Coastal Engineering, 62. 19-30. 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.12.005

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Abstract/Summary

This study presents an analysis of data collected in an embayment off a sandy beach protected by shore-parallel breakwaters. Observations were carried out over a forty day period including spring and neap tidal cycles and low and high wave activity. Measurements were collected on the waves, currents, bedforms and suspended sediments and these were used to derive estimates of the bed shear-stresses, ripple dimensions, reference concentrations and suspended sediment profiles. The aim of the present study was to use the measurements to assess commonly employed empirical formulations applied to sediment modelling in the coastal marine environment. Assessments are made of four ripple predictors, two formulations of reference concentration and power law and exponential suspended sediment shape functions. In some cases predicted parameters are well represented during low wave conditions, while other parameters are better predicted under high wave events. The outcome from the work is an evaluation of the predictive capability of the selected empirical formulae at the sandy location and discussions on the comparison between the observations and predictions.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.12.005
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Shelf and coastal processes
ISSN: 0378-3839
Additional Keywords: Coastal processes, reference concentration, bed shear-stress, ripples, suspended sediment
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Earth Sciences
Date made live: 02 Feb 2012 15:07
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3660

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