WIT Press

Wind-wave-current System In Coastal Ocean

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CE030071

Volume

70

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

474.49 kb

Author(s)

T. Yamashita, S. Kato & Y. Baba

Abstract

Observational discoveries of coastal current structure in Ogata Coast, Japan, were summarized with respect to characteristics of wind and waves in the wave-shoaling region. The observations of flow structure under the storm condition (strong wind & high wave) showed that (1) the coastal longshore current that has a vertically uniform flow profile, was developed in the wide area of coastal zone including the surf zone, and (2) strong shear flow with undertow (offshore-going near-bottom current) was developed in the surf zone. As a generation mechanism of such flow structures, it was designated that sea surface stress was emphasized under stom condition with the energy transfer from wind to waves through whitecap dissipation of shoaling waves. A mathematical model of whitecaps dissipation stress,z,, ,was proposed as an energy transfer interface between

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