Accession Number : ADA263996
Title : Design for Entrance Channel Navigation Improvements, Morro Bay Harbor, Morro Bay, California
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS
Personal Author(s) : Bottin, Jr, Robert R
Report Date : Mar 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 144
Abstract : A 1:90 scale, three-dimensional hydraulic model was used to investigate the design of proposed entrance channel depth modifications at Morro Bay Harbor, California, with respect to navigation conditions. The impact that the proposed depth changes may have on wave conditions at the existing structures and the spit between the south structures also was addressed, and sediment tracer patterns were obtained in the entrance. The model reproduced the harbor entrance, approximately 7,000 ft of the California shoreline, and offshore bathymetry in the Pacific Ocean to a depth of 60 ft mean lower low water (mllw). A 60-ft-long unidirectional, spectral wave generator, an automated data acquisition system, and crushed coal tracer material were utilized in model operation. It was concluded from results that: (a) For the existing harbor entrance, operational waves (8 to 16 ft in height) from the predominant 275 deg direction resulted in hazardous entrance navigation conditions due to wave steepening and/or breaking. (b) For the originally proposed improvement plan (Plan 1), navigation conditions in the entrance were improved for operational waves from 275 deg; however, the plan resulted in significantly increased wave heights which may cause damage to the head of the south breakwater during extreme wave conditions (waves ranging from 21 to 30 ft in height). Breakwaters, Hydraulic models, Harbors(California), Morro Bay Harbor(California), Harbor shoaling, Navigation.
Descriptors : *OCEAN WAVES , *NAVIGATION , *HARBORS , *BAYS , *BREAKWATERS , *CHANNELS(WATERWAYS) , DAMAGE , MODELS , MODIFICATION , DATA ACQUISITION , OCEANS , DESIGN CRITERIA , HEIGHT , UNIDIRECTIONAL , OFFSHORE , HYDRAULIC MODELS , SEDIMENTS , PACIFIC OCEAN , CALIFORNIA , DEPTH , THREE DIMENSIONAL , BATHYMETRY , SEDIMENT TRANSPORT
Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE