Accession Number : ADA308848

Title :   Numerical Modeling of Storm-Induced Beach Erosion,

Corporate Author : COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Wise, Randall A. ; Smith, S. J.

PDF Url : ADA308848

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Beaches erode and accrete in response to varying waves and water levels in the nearshore zone. During storms, catastrophic beach and dune erosion can occur in a matter of hours, resulting in significant shoreline recession and damage to property and upland resources. Consequently, protection of upland infrastructure against storm erosion, flooding, and wave attack is a primary concern in the field of coastal engineering. Effective design of shore protection measures requires an understanding of and the capability to predict sediment transport processes that control beach response to storms. Numerical modeling of beach evolution is a powerful technique that can be applied to assist in project design. Numerical models provide a framework for predicting project response, objectively evaluating the effectiveness of design alternatives, and analyzing data to develop an understanding of coastal processes. The Storm- induced BEAch CHange (SBEACH) numerical model has been developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an engineering tool for simulating beach profile evolution in response to storms.

Descriptors :   *BEACH EROSION, *SHORE PROTECTION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COASTAL REGIONS, OCEAN WAVES, SEDIMENT TRANSPORT, STORMS, COASTAL ENGINEERING, FLOODING, SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE, DUNES.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE