Large scale experiments on gravel and mixed beaches: Experimental procedure, data documentation and initial results

  • López de San Román-Blanco B
  • Coates T
  • Holmes P
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This paper provides information on the experimental set-up, data collection methods and results to date for the project "Large scale modelling of coarse grained beaches", undertaken at the Large Wave Channel (GWK) of FZK in Hannover by an international group of researchers in Spring 2002. The main objective of the experiments was to provide full scale measurements of cross-shore processes on gravel and mixed beaches for the verification and further development of cross-shore numerical models of gravel and mixed sediment beaches. Identical random and regular wave tests were undertaken for a gravel beach and a mixed sand/gravel beach set up in the flume. Measurements included profile development, water surface elevation along the flume, internal pressures in the swash zone, piezometric head levels within the beach, run-up, flow velocities in the surf-zone and sediment size distributions. The purpose of the paper is to present to the scientific community the experimental procedure, a summary of the data collected, some initial results, as well as a brief outline of the on-going research being carried out with the data by different research groups. The experimental data is available to all the scientific community following submission of a statement of objectives, specification of data requirements and an agreement to abide with the GWK and EU protocols. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • GWK
  • Gravel
  • Large-scale experiments
  • Mixed beaches
  • Morphology
  • Physical model
  • Shingle beach

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