THEORETICAL MODEL FOR NEARSHORE CIRCULATIONS

Mikio Sasaki, Akira Ozaki, Hiroshi Saeki

Abstract


The dynamics of nearshore circulations is investigated using mass, momentum and energy conservation equations with bottom friction, lateral mixing and wave-current interaction. By means of introducing a perturbation expansion for the mean variables, the first-order solutions are found in the surf and offshore zones according to the boundary conditions at the coast. It is found that:(l) The rip velocity attains a maximum value in the offshore region near the break point as Yr* becomes larger. (2) The longshore velocities become higher in the surf zone and lower in the offshore region with increasing Yr*. (3) The rip and longshore velocities in the surf zone become relatively smaller due to the effects of the bottom friction, and that the rip and longshore velocities in the surf zone become smaller due to the wave-current interaction.

Keywords


nearshore calculations; theoretical model

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