Rolf Deigaard, Jorgen Fredsow


A theoretical model for the equilibrium dimensions of offshore sand waves is presented. The model is an adaptation of the dune model by Fredsoe (1982) to the marine environment, making use of the physical analogies between offshore sand waves and river dunes. The predicted sand wave heights and lengths conform well with the observations of sand wave formation reported in the literature. One of the results from the model is that for a given wave climate sand waves will only be formed under a certain range of mean current velocities. This range becomes narrower for increasing wave height or decreasing water depth and grain size.


sand waves; offshore sand

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