Field Verification of a Wave-Induced Current Model

by Jane McKee Smith, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


A unique data set of nearshore waves and current measurements over a bar-trough bathymetry was collected during a field experiment at Duck, NC, in October 1990. These high-quality data were used to verify the application of a numerical, two-dimensional wave-induced current model to bar-trough bathymetry. The results of this verification show that the standard radiation-stress approach to nearshore current modeling predicts the maximum current velocity well, but does not accurately represent the location of the maximum velocity.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Verification | Wave measurement | Bars (structure) | Model accuracy | Ocean currents | Water waves | Wave velocity | North Carolina | United States

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