Lagrangian Modelling Techniques Simulating Wave and Sediment Dynamics Determining Sand-Body Equilibria

  • K. Black
  • M. Green
  • T. Healy
  • R. Bell
  • J. Oldman
  • T. Hume
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Abstract

Estuarine and continental shelf sand bodies develop states which, in natural unsteady conditions, equilibrate, transpose, oscillate, decay and regenerate. Dynamic adjustments may lead to long-term stability of a feature (e.g. the establishment of an estuarine flood-tidal delta) or the feature may simply metamorphose into another state (e.g. a cross-shore migrating sand bar which welds onto the shore to become part of an open-ocean or estuarine beach). Traditionally, the equilibrium and geomorphological features in estuaries have been mostly explained by tidal circulation alone. However, there are estuarine features which are governed equally by local wave processes, especially in the intertidal zones.

Keywords

Quartz Attenuation Beach Turbidity Advection 

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  • K. Black
  • M. Green
  • T. Healy
  • R. Bell
  • J. Oldman
  • T. Hume

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