Coastal Sediment Modelling

  • B. A. O’Connor
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 12)


The movement of sediment in the nearshore zone is a direct result of hydrodynamic forces exerted by tide, wave and wind action. Engineering works which modify nearshore water and wave movements will also modify the hydrodynamic forces applied to the sea bed sediments, and thereby modify sea bed topography. Unfortunately, the severity of the wave and current climate at a particular site is also influenced by the depth and orientation of the sea bed contours over a wide area adjacent to the site Consequently, any attempt to predict the environmental impact of a particular engineering scheme must concern itself with how sediment is moved about under the action of waves, tides and winds.


Wave Height Sediment Transport Surf Zone Shoreline Change Suspended Load 
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  • B. A. O’Connor
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  1. 1.Simon Engineering LaboratoriesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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