Revere Beach and Point of Pines, Massachusetts, Shore Front Study

by W. Gray Smith, U.S. Army Engr. Waterways Expt. Stn., Vicksburg, United States,
Julie D. Rosati, U.S. Army Engr. Waterways Expt. Stn., Vicksburg, United States,
Albert Lemire, U.S. Army Engr. Waterways Expt. Stn., Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Beach Nourishment Engineering and Management Considerations

Abstract: This paper describes a study conducted by the Coastal Engineering Research Center (CERC) to determine the degree of storm protection provided by an existing coarse beach fill at Revere Beach, Massachusetts, and to evaluate the relative protective capabilities of a beach/dune system and revetment at an adjoining community, Point of Pines (POP). A cross-shore profile response model was used in conjunction with a runup and overtopping module, developed in the study to quantify overtopping volumes due to catastrophic storm events. The paper presents study observations and preliminary results pertaining to beach fill performance and dune system design at Revere Beach and POP. Additionally, response of the Revere Beach coarse fill to recent storm events is briefly reviewed, as is a physical model study initiated to further develop and verify the runup and overtopping module.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Model analysis | Beaches | Storms | Fills | Wave overtopping | Beach profiles | Physical models | North America | Massachusetts | United States

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