Santa Barbara Harbor Assessment of Shoaling Frequency

by Russell H. Boudreau, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Long Beach, United States,
Alan Alcorn, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Long Beach, United States,
Stephen Fine, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Long Beach, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice

Abstract: The City of Santa Barbara is addressing the recurring problem of shoaling of its harbor entrance channel. The City relies on income generated from harbor businesses that in turn require safe and reliable navigation. This paper presents a methodology for developing an economically viable maintenance program for continuous navigation of the channel throughout the year. The unique analysis includes a review of the potential for multi-storm seasons and the pairing of economic damages to specific shoaling frequencies. These techniques ultimately allow for comparison and optimization of different maintenance operating scenarios.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Shoals | Maintenance | Urban areas | Economic factors | Safety | Navigation (waterway) | Navigation (geomatic)

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