Dirk Pieter Rijnsdorp, Pieter Bart Smit, Marcel Zijlema


This paper presents numerical modelling of the nearshore transformation of infragravity waves induced by bichromatic wave groups over a horizontal and a sloping bottom. The non-hydrostatic model SWASH is assessed by comparing model predictions with analytical solutions over a horizontal bottom and with detailed laboratory observations for a sloping bottom. Good agreement between model predictions and data is found throughout the domain for bound infragravity waves. Furthermore the model predicts greater outgoing free infragravity wave-heights for steeper slope regimes which is consistent with the measurements. The model however tends to overestimate the magnitude of the outgoing infragravity waves.


infragravity waves; non-hydrostatic modelling; nearshore wave transformation; SWASH

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