Wave Dissipation and Bedform Evolution

Assoc. Res. Prof. Tim. Stanton, stanton@nps.edu
Ocean Turbulence Lab, Room 329

During the ONR-sponsored Shoaling Waves Experiment , a three month timeseries observation of bottom boundary layer and bed morphology were made at 12m depth offshore from Duck, NC. Continuous measurments were made of waves and mean currents in the upper water column, while sub-cm resoltuion profiles of the velocity structure above the bed were made with a unique doppler profiler developed within my research group. A scanned altimeter mapped a 1.5m by 1.5m area spanning the velocity profiles every 10 minutes, to determine the bed response to wave forcing.

These measurments are being continued in Monterey Bay from the MISO cabled node, also at 12m depth, deployed in August 1999. This site has significantly coarser sand and a different wave climate to contrast with the Duck site. Thesis topics from this project include:


For a peek at previous experiments, see the Turbulence Laboratory Page

Last Reviewed: February 2003
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