THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WAVE REFLECTION ON THE MORPHOLOGY OF INTERTIDAL MUDFLATS

Elizabeth Chellew, Kate Rossington, Ian Townend, Carl Amos, Stephen Richardson

Abstract


The influence of seawalls in modifying the equilibrium form of a shoreline has previously caused extensive debate. A numerical model was used to predict the equilibrium form of muddy intertidal profiles, along a shoreline in Southampton Water, UK. It was found that the profile containing a seawall had a very different profile form to the undefended sites, and that this seawall profile could not be accurately represented in the model. The model was extended to include wave reflection from the seawall, producing a new prediction with a much improved resemblance of the observed profile. It was concluded that the likely cause of the different profile form at the site of the seawall in this case, is due incident and reflected wave interaction.

Keywords


equilibrium form; seawalls; wave reflection

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