U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory Vicksburg United States
CHL, in support of the Alaska District, characterized the wind, wave, and water level climate and assessed storm impacts to provide design concepts for shore protection at Barrow, Alaska. Storm events that cross the Chukchi Sea during the open-water season result in wave climates and storm surge that actively erode the coastline and threaten the communities of Barrow, Alaska. Design of shore protection at Barrow requires a thorough understanding of the wind, wave, surge, partial free ice coverage, and sediment transport climates. Both the short-term response time scales of individual storm events and long-term response time scales on the order of the re-nourishment interval, years must be accurately characterized.