Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 61, Issue 12, pp 2073-2098

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The ECORS-Truc Vert’08 nearshore field experiment: presentation of a three-dimensional morphologic system in a macro-tidal environment during consecutive extreme storm conditions

  • Nadia SenechalAffiliated withOASU–EPOC, Université Bordeaux I Email author 
  • , Stéphane AbadieAffiliated withLaSAGeC2, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
  • , Edith GallagherAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Franklin and Marshall College
  • , Jamie MacMahanAffiliated withOceanography Department, Naval Postgraduate School
  • , Gerd MasselinkAffiliated withSchool of Geography, University of Plymouth
  • , Hervé MichalletAffiliated withLEGI, Grenoble-INP/UJF/CNRS
  • , Ad ReniersAffiliated withRosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of MiamiCivil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology
  • , Gerben RuessinkAffiliated withDepartment of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research, Utrecht University
  • , Paul RussellAffiliated withSchool of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth
    • , Damien SousAffiliated withLSEET, Université de Toulon et du Var
    • , Ian TurnerAffiliated withWater Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales
    • , Fabrice ArdhuinAffiliated withSHOM, Océanographie/Recherche
    • , Philippe BonnetonAffiliated withOASU–EPOC, CNRS
    • , Stéphane BujanAffiliated withOASU–EPOC, CNRS
    • , Sylvain CapoAffiliated withOASU–EPOC, Université Bordeaux I
    • , Raphael CertainAffiliated withIMAGES, Université de Perpignan
    • , Rodrigo PedrerosAffiliated withBRGM
    • , Thierry GarlanAffiliated withSHOM, Océanographie/Recherche

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A large multi-institutional nearshore field experiment was conducted at Truc Vert, on the Atlantic coast of France in early 2008. Truc Vert’08 was designed to measure beach change on a long, sandy stretch of coast without engineering works with emphasis on large winter waves (offshore significant wave height up to 8 m), a three-dimensional morphology, and macro-tidal conditions. Nearshore wave transformation, circulation and bathymetric changes involve coupled processes at many spatial and temporal scales thus implying the need to improve our knowledge for the full spectrum of scales to achieve a comprehensive view of the natural system. This experiment is unique when compared with existing experiments because of the simultaneous investigation of processes at different scales, both spatially (from ripples to sand banks) and temporally (from single swash events to several spring-neap tidal cycles, including a major storm event). The purpose of this paper is to provide background information on the experiment by providing detailed presentation of the instrument layout and snapshots of preliminary results.


Field experiment Surf zone Swash zone Open barred beach Rip currents Morphodynamics