The British Beach and Nearshore Dynamics (B-Band) Programme

by Paul Russell, Univ of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom,
Mark Davidson, Univ of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom,
David Huntley, Univ of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom,
Adrian Cramp, Univ of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom,
Jack Hardisty, Univ of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom,
Gareth Lloyd, Univ of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Sediments

Abstract: A large scale collaborative field based research programme (B-BAND), aimed at measuring the small scale processes associated with nearshore dynamics on macro-tidal beaches, is currently underway in the UK. The instrument array utilises fast response sensors to obtain high resolution, synchronous measurements of water surface elevations (using 7 pressure transducers), horizontal current velocities (using 11 electromagnetic current meters), and suspended sediment concentrations (using 12 optical backscatter sensors). Preliminary results from a high energy dissipative beach (Llangennith, South Wales) emphasize the importance of infragravity oscillations to the nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport, particularly during storms.

Subject Headings: Nearshore | Beaches | Sediment transport | Probe instruments | Tides | Pressure measurement | Hydrodynamics | Suspended sediment | United Kingdom | Wales | Europe

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