This project aims at quantifying the role played by nearshore linear sand banks on both nearshore processes and adjacent beaches and coastlines. A particular coastal bank and beach system located off Middlekerke on the Belgian coastline will be studied.
Among others there will be studied:
- stability bank systems and reasons for their existence;
- the existence of residual sediment circulations and their relationship to residual flow structure on and around the bank system;
- the influence of the bank system on tidal motions as well as the tide and wave motions themselves in modifying boundary layer processes;
- the shear stress applied to the seabed by waves and currents and the corresponding total drag of small and large scale bed features;
- the change of bed features during storm;
- the degree of protection offered to adjacent beaches by the bank system during storms.
The project objectives will be achieved by collecting and analysing field data and using a variety of computer models. Strong links will be established with the STARFISH project (MAS2-CT92-0029), which will enhance the project due to the multidisciplinary expertise of the group.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
L43 7RA Birkenhead
2600 MH Delft
PL4 8AA Plymouth
SO14 3ZH Southampton