Field Comparisons of Cross-Shore Transport Models

by Richard J. Seymour, Lect.; Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.,
David B. King, (M.ASCE), Research Asst.; Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway Port Coastal and Ocean Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 2, Pg. 163-179

Document Type: Journal Paper


During the Nearshore Sediment Transport Study experiment at Torrey Pines Beach, CA, in November 1978, beach profiles were measured over a several week period concurrent with extensive daily measurements of wind, waves, and currents. These surf zone data were used to predict the cross-shore transport of sand using eight models available in the literature. Several models were found to have skill in predicting major changes, but none was capable of predicting more than a third of the total beach volume variability.

Subject Headings: Sediment transport | Wave measurement | Comparative studies | Shores | Beach profiles | Wind waves | Nearshore | Surf zones | California | United States

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