Accession Number : ADA194335

Title :   Wave Conditions at Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey, 10 November 1984.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Willie A ; Abel, Charles E ; Chen, Hsuan S ; Corson, William D ; Thompson, Edward W

PDF Url : ADA194335

Report Date : Feb 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : Wave conditions at Barnegat Inlet, NJ, on 10 Nov 1984 are investigated because of a boating accident. The accident has resulted in a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Waves at Barneget Inlet are hindcast with state-of-the-art numerical models including offshore wave growth and propagation and nearshore transformation. The waves of interest are swell waves originally generated well offshore in the north Atlantic Ocean. The waves are modified by the shallow bottom as they approach the coast. Tidal currents at the time of the accident and the effect on incoming waves are also estimated. Wave measurement on 10 Nov 1984 from two sites are also investigated. A nearshore Corps wave buoy at Manasquan, NJ, provides important information relative to Barneget Inlet. An offshore NOAA buoy located southeast of Cape Cod is helpful in validating the hindcasts. Wave conditions at Barneget Inlet on 10 Nov 1984 are related to the general wave climate in the area by using the 20-year hindcast from the Corps Wave Information Studies. Significant wave heights and periods are higher/longer than average for the season, but neither height nor period represents a rare extreme event.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN WAVES, *INLETS(WATERWAYS), NEW JERSEY, FORECASTING, SHALLOW DEPTH, BOAT AND SHIP ACCIDENTS, COASTAL REGIONS, TIDAL CURRENTS, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE