Effect of Berm of Wave Run-Up on Composite Beaches

by John B. Herbich,
Robert M. Sorensen,
J. H. Willenbrock,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1963, Vol. 89, Issue 2, Pg. 55-74

Document Type: Journal Paper


Accurate information concerning the height of wave run-up on composite beaches is needed for the determination of crest elevation for various engineering structures. The validity of Saville's method for determining wave run-up on composite beaches was experimentally tested in the laboratory for the case of long horizontal berm. The results indicate that there is little agreement between the method and the actual run-up when the ratio of length of berm to wave length is greater than 0.15. Visual observations indicate that in case of long horizontal berms, the run-up greatly depends on whether or not a slug of water had set-up on the berm.

Subject Headings: Berms | Wave runup | Composite materials | Beaches | Case studies | Wave height | Composite structures | Agreements and treaties

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