American Society of Civil Engineers

Depth-Limited Wave Breaking for the Design of Nearshore Structures

by Luc Hamm, (Dr., SOGREAH Maritime, 6, rue de Lorraine, F-38130 Echirolles, France E-mail:
Section: Application to Design I, pp. 1695-1704, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis
Abstract: Four laboratory datasets acquired in a directional wave basin and in a large-scale flume are re-analyzed to provide practical advice to coastal engineers in charge of estimating significant wave heights in the nearshore zone as part of a coastal structure design. An estimation of the total water depth including wave set-up and long wave activity is proposed. The underestimation of the significant wave height by using a spectral approach is stressed and rules of thumb are suggested to correct it.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Breaking waves
Coastal structures
Wave height
Ocean waves