DISTRIBUTION OF SEDIMENT TRANSPORT ACROSS THE SURF ZONE

Edward B. Thornton

Abstract


The wave-induced sand transport alongshore is investigated by an energy principle approach. Although the energy approach has been used before, this is the first application to comparing theory and measurements of the distribution of littoral transport along a line perpendicular to the beach. Bed load transport equations are formulated for outside and inside the surf zone. Sand transport data were collected in the field using bed load traps. Wave, tide, wind, and current information was collected simultaneously in order to verify the derived predictive equations for longshore current and sediment transport. Quite reasonable predictions are obtained for the relative distribution of bed load transport, both inside and outside the surf zone.

Keywords


sediment transport; surf zone; distribution of sediment

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