A MODEL FOR OFFSHORE SEDIMENT TRANSPORT

M.J.F. Stive, J.A. Battjes

Abstract


Observation of the two-dimensional breaking of random waves on a beach suggests that under conditions of active surf an important mechanism in the process of offshore sediment transport is the transport by the undertow or return flow, induced by the breaking of waves. It is found that a model incorporating this mechanism exclusively is able to describe the local sediment transport and the resulting bottom variation of a beach under random wave attack to a first approximation. A laboratory verification is made based on measurements of both the dynamics of the water motion and the bottom profile. Finally, a realistic equilibrium state is shown to result from the model

Keywords


offshore transport; sediment transport; transport model

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