Measuring Longshore Transport with Tracers

  • Thomas E. White
  • Douglas L. Inman


This chapter describes the results of experiments using sand tracers to measure the bedload response to forcing by waves and currents. Previous field studies of the longshore transport of sand have used wave arrays to measure the wave field and fluorescent sand tracer to measure the longshore transport of sand (e. g., Inman, Komar and Bowen, 1968; Komar and Inman, 1970). The former field procedures have been modified and improved to include arrays of pressure sensors and electromagnetic current meters and injections of dye in the water to measure the wave and current field. Fluorescently dyed sand is employed as a tracer to measure the motion of the sediment. The methods and assumptions involved in our use of sand tracer are detailed in Chapter 6B of this volume.


Surf Zone Bedload Transport Transport Relation Tracer Recovery Temporal Grid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas E. White
    • 1
  • Douglas L. Inman
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Coastal StudiesScripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA

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