Accession Number:

ADA495882

Title:

Surf Zone Eddies Coupled with Rip Current Morphology

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Report Date:

2004-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Energetic very low frequency VLF surf zone eddies SZE were observed on a beach composed of shore-connected shoals with quasi-periodic incised rip channels at Sand City, Monterey Bay, California. Incident waves consisted of predominantly shore-normal narrow-banded swell waves. SZEs were located outside the gravity region in along-shore wave number, spaced within the VLF band, and did not appear to exist in higher-frequency bands. The SZEs were significant and constant in intensity within the surf zone and rapidly decreased off shore. The along-shore and cross-shore SZE velocity variances were similar in magnitude. FLF SZE velocities were not forced by VLF surface elevations and were not well correlated with rip current flows.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE