Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 61, Issue 12, pp 2073–2098 | Cite as

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 SenechalEmail author
  • Stéphane Abadie
  • Edith Gallagher
  • Jamie MacMahan
  • Gerd Masselink
  • Hervé Michallet
  • Ad Reniers
  • Gerben Ruessink
  • Paul Russell
  • Damien Sous
  • Ian Turner
  • Fabrice Ardhuin
  • Philippe Bonneton
  • Stéphane Bujan
  • Sylvain Capo
  • Raphael Certain
  • Rodrigo Pedreros
  • Thierry Garlan


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 



We thank all those who have given financial support for this field experiment, in particular the French DGA. GM, PR and IT gratefully acknowledge funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC; NE/F009275/1) and the Australian Research Council (ARC; DP0770118) and the assistance of their excellent field team. JHMM, AJHMR and EG gratefully acknowledge the funding from the USA NSF and the assistance of their team. BGR was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under project 864.04.007. We should like to thank NIWA (Hamilton—New Zealand) for providing support in the installation of the video system. We are most grateful to the lifeguards (CRS/MNS) for providing support during the field experiment. We thank the mayor of the city of Lege-Cap Ferret, Mr Sammarcelli, and his technical staff for providing logistic support. We also really appreciate the support of the French National Forest Office (ONF). Finally, we would like to point out that the list of authors is representative of most of the institutes involved in the field experiment but does not include everyone who contributed to the success of this field experiment. We are sincerely grateful to all the researchers, engineers, technicians, military personnel and students who made the field experiment possible. We greatly appreciated their invaluable help in making this field experiment a success despite the difficult weather conditions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia Senechal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stéphane Abadie
    • 2
  • Edith Gallagher
    • 3
  • Jamie MacMahan
    • 4
  • Gerd Masselink
    • 5
  • Hervé Michallet
    • 6
  • Ad Reniers
    • 7
    • 16
  • Gerben Ruessink
    • 8
  • Paul Russell
    • 9
  • Damien Sous
    • 10
  • Ian Turner
    • 11
  • Fabrice Ardhuin
    • 12
  • Philippe Bonneton
    • 13
  • Stéphane Bujan
    • 13
  • Sylvain Capo
    • 1
  • Raphael Certain
    • 14
  • Rodrigo Pedreros
    • 15
  • Thierry Garlan
    • 12
  1. 1.OASU–EPOCUniversité Bordeaux ITalenceFrance
  2. 2.LaSAGeC2Université de Pau et des Pays de l’AdourAngletFrance
  3. 3.Department of BiologyFranklin and Marshall CollegeLancasterUSA
  4. 4.Oceanography DepartmentNaval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyUSA
  5. 5.School of GeographyUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK
  6. 6.LEGIGrenoble-INP/UJF/CNRSGrenoble cedexFrance
  7. 7.Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  8. 8.Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric researchUtrecht UniversityUtrechtthe Netherlands
  9. 9.School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental SciencesUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK
  10. 10.LSEETUniversité de Toulon et du VarLa GardeFrance
  11. 11.Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  12. 12.SHOM, Océanographie/RechercheBrest cedex 2France
  13. 13.OASU–EPOC, CNRSTalenceFrance
  14. 14.IMAGESUniversité de PerpignanPerpignan cedexFrance
  15. 15.BRGMOrléans cedex 2France
  16. 16.Civil Engineering and GeosciencesDelft University of TechnologyDelftthe Netherlands

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