FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WAVE TRANSFORMATION AROUND ARTIFICIAL REEFS

Toshio Aono, Eric C. Cruz

Abstract


The fundamental characteristics of the wave field around an existing artificial reef in Japan are studied based on field measurements and wave simulations using a nonlinear wave model that takes reef porosity into account. Results of two-dimensional simulations and comparison with field data of significant wave heights and reef velocities indicate characteristic wave evolution of nonbreaking and breaking waves and confirm the damping effect of the reef.

Keywords


reef; wave transformation; artificial reef

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