Accession Number : ADA131388

Title :   Sediment Transport in a Tidal Inlet.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 15 Oct 80-14 Oct 82,


Personal Author(s) : Aubrey,David G ; Speer,Paul E

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Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : Various aspects of sediment transport in and around natural, unstructured tidal inlets were investigated over the two year period of study. Concentrating on two tidal inlets (Nauset Inlet and Popponesset Inlet, Cape Cod, MA), and combining detailed field observations with numerical model studies of tidal flows in inlet/estuarine environments, several aspects of tidal inlet behavior have been clarified. In addition, field work has resulted in a number of technical publications of general utility to a wide spectrum of coastal research interest. Primary scientific items addressed in this study include: 1) diagnostic numerical model of generation and propagation of tidal non-linearities in shallow estuarine channels; 2) effects of flow curvature on tidal inlet sediment transport; 3) definition of mechanisms by which tidal inlets migrate in a direction opposite to the net littoral drift direction; 4) hypothesis of a mechanism for rapid barrier spit growth in locations with low rates of littoral transport; 5) clarification of long-term patterns of sea-level rise in the United States to assess its role in tidal inlet/estuarine evolution; 6) historical descriptions of massive inlet migration at two study includes a description of a low-cost, reliable method to join nearshore electrical cables; description and intercomparison of instrumentation and analysis routines for estimating directional spectral parameters from wave gage data; and a development of a field system and laboratory analysis package for preparing accurate bathymetric charts in shallow, nearshore regions, using microwave navigation and precision echo-sounding. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Inlets(Waterways) , *Sediment transport , Estuaries , Channels(Waterways) , Ocean tides , Distortion , Water flow , Curvature , Migration , Barriers , Sea level , Variations , Mathematical models

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE