A comprehensive field experiment to study rip currents and wave
transformation over a steep beach was conducted at Sand City,
California in Monterey Bay. After two weeks of installing instruments,
measurements started 13 April 2001. The measurements continued until 23 May.
The objectives of the experiment were to measure wave transformation,
currents, sediment transport, and morphologic changes on steep beach and
with a rip system. The profile at Sand City is barred with highly
reflective beach slope of 1:5. The alongshore bar is deeply cut by
quasi-periodic rip channels through which the rip currents flow. Click
below to explore various aspects of the experiment.