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Circulation and sediment transport around banks

Objective



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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Liverpool
Address
Abercromby Square
L69 3BX Liverpool
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Denmark
Address

2800 Lyngby
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Address
1,Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Instituto Hidrográfico
Portugal
Address
59,Rua Das Trinas
1296 Lisboa
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Bidston Observatory
L43 7RA Birkenhead
STICHTING WATERLOOPKUNDIG LABORATORIUM (WL/DELFT HYDRAULICS)
Netherlands
Address
185,Rotterdamseweg 185
2600 MH Delft
Technische Universität Berlin
Germany
Address
Müller-breslau-strasse(schleuseninsel)
10623 Berlin
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton