Accession Number : AD0759513

Title :   Detailed Analysis of Short-Term Variations in Beach Morphology (and Concurrent Dynamic Processes) for Summer and Winter Periods, 1971-1972, Plum Island, Massachusetts.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST COASTAL RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Abele,Ralph Warren , Jr

Report Date : NOV 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 177

Abstract : An analysis of the relationship between wave and meteorological variables and beach morphology was undertaken during summer and winter periods, 1971 and 1972, on Plum Island, Massachusetts. Fifteen variables were measured or computed bihourly, twenty-four hours per day, throughout both study periods. These variables were wave period, wave height, breaker type, breaker angle, longshore current velocity, wave steepness, breaker power, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, air and water temperature, and ground-water elevation. Daily topographic maps of the intertidal zone were constructed for twelve beach profiles spaced at 60-m intervals. Differences in beach morphology within a small area appear to reflect the stage of recovery of the beach profiles following a storm. (Author Modified Abstract)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, BEACHES), (*BEACHES, EROSION), STORMS, COASTAL REGIONS, SEDIMENTATION, WIND, TIDES, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, OCEAN CURRENTS, INTERACTIONS, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, SAND, MAPS, MASSACHUSETTS

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE