WIT Press


Wave-current Interaction In Complex Nearshore Flows

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

15

Pages

10

Published

1996

Size

1,174 kb

Paper DOI

10.2495/CENV960321

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

N.J. MacDonald, J. Nicholson & B.A. O'Connor

Abstract

A computer model was applied to two coastal situations in order to investigate the effect of wave-current interaction on the local hydrodynamics. It was concluded that wave-current interaction was important in situations subjected to large incident wave conditions, and was more significant if regular waves, rather than irregular waves, were employed. However, when small waves were incident, irregular wave cases were found to be more affected. Introduction It is well known that the presence of strong currents can greatly affect the wave climate. Away from the surf zone, where currents are likely to be meteorologically or astronomically forced and, therefore, only weakly coupled to the surface waves, it is relatively easy to account for wave-current interaction (WCI) in a wave cl

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