Accession Number : AD0704720

Title :   LITTORAL ENVIRONMENT OBSERVATION PROGRAM IN CALIFORNIA, PRELIMINARY REPORT FEBRUARY-DECEMBER 1968,

Corporate Author : ARMY COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Szuwalski,Andre

Report Date : FEB 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 242

Abstract : The report describes the Littoral Environment Observation (LEO) Program, and assembles in one paper the data collected under the program from February through December 1968. LEO is a cooperative effort of the State of California and the Corps of Engineers to collect information which will increase understanding of the littoral processes and physical characteristics of the California shore. The littoral variables collected under the LEO program include the following beach characteristics: foreshore slope, width and elevation of berm, presence of cusps, and samples of the sediments. The beach samples are analyzed for mean and median diameter, standard deviation, skewness, and kurtosis. Sea variables include tide level, wave height, wave period, wave direction, type of breaker, direction and velocity of littoral currents, presence of rip currents, and water temperature. Wind velocity and direction are recorded, and panoramic photographs are obtained. The objective is to establish a bank of repetitive, systematic measurements of meteorological and oceanographic forces affecting the shoreline and the response of the shore to these forces. The data collected are being used as a base to analyze physical characteristics of the shoreline and the littoral processes affecting it. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COASTAL REGIONS, *OCEAN CURRENTS), (*OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, DATA PROCESSING), BEACHES, EROSION, TIDES, WIND, OCEAN WAVES, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, PROTECTION, CONTINENTAL SHELVES, CALIFORNIA

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE