USES FOR A CALCULATED LIMIT DEPTH TO BEACH EROSION

Robert J. Hallermeier

Abstract


A sediment entrainment parameter is used to calculate maximum water depth for intense bed agitation by shoaling linear waves of given height and period. Calculated limit depths agree with available laboratory measurements of water depth at an erosive wave cut into slopes of quartz and other fine sediments. Ignored variables have small effects on the agreement between calculations and laboratory measurements. On natural seasonal beaches, available measurements of seaward limit to appreciable sand level changes agree with limit depths calculated for extremely high waves expected 12 hours per year. The apparent accuracy and lack of scale effect in the calculated limit depth justify several applications in field and laboratory projects.

Keywords


beach erosion; limit depth

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