Ocean Wave Propagation up a Narrow Channel

by Craig B. Leidersdorf, Coastal Frontiers Corp, Chatsworth, United States,
Kenneth E. Smith, Coastal Frontiers Corp, Chatsworth, United States,
Ruh-Ming Li, Coastal Frontiers Corp, Chatsworth, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: The results of a hydraulic model investigation of ocean wave propagation up a narrow channel are reported. Both monochromatic and random waves were used to study the wave characteristics in a 45.7 m wide, 3.2 m deep channel during a severe coastal storm. The test data indicate that the wave and crest heights inland of the jetties will be determined by two primary factors: (1) the energy transformations resulting from diffraction, wave breaking, and wave decomposition into multi-crested systems, and (2) the excitation of cross waves.

Subject Headings: Ocean waves | Random waves | Wave propagation | Hydraulic models | Hydrologic models | Channel flow | Breaking waves | Bridge tests | North America | California | United States

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