Coriolis and Our Land-Sea Environments

by Walter D. Stanaland, USC Coastal Carolina Coll, Conway, SC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The characterizations of the Coriolis Acceleration Vector with water pile-up and circulating currents, which produce shoreline erosion or accretion were presented at the Coastal Zone 85 Conference with emphasis on the Carolina Coasts. This paper extends the applications of the Coriolis Effect to include any point on the earth where water currents flow in the earth tangent plane and provides special emphasis for events such as riptides, accretion during storms, unusually high tides without hurricanes and storm stand-off distance for maximum erosion. Based upon these considerations, macroscopic conclusions on shoreline erosion and accretion are defined.

Subject Headings: Water circulation | Sea water | Storms | Storm surges | Undertow | Vector analysis | Piles | Oceanography

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