Beach face dynamics as affected by ground water table elevations

Oh, Tae-Myoung and Dean, Robert G (1992) Beach face dynamics as affected by ground water table elevations. Gainesville, FL, University of Florida. Department of Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, (UFL/COEL, 92/004)

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This report presents the results of laboratory studies which were carried out in the Coastal and Oceanographical Engineering Laboratory to investigate the effects of ground water table elevations on the beach profile changes over the swash zone. The experiment was conducted at three different water table levels while the other experimental conditions were fixed to constant values with regular waves. The water table levels included (1) normal water table level which is the same as mean sea level, (2) a higher level and (3) a lower level than the mean sea level. Special attention was given to the higher water level to investigate whether this level enhances erosion of the beach face and also to methods of interpreting the experimental data. The experiment described herein was carried out with a fairly fine sand and has demonstrated the significance of beach water table on profile dynamics. The increased water table level caused distinct effects in three definite zones. First, erosion occurred at the base of the beach face and the sand eroded was carried up and deposited on the upper portion of the beach face. Secondly, the bar trough deepened considerably and rapidly and the eroded sand was deposited immediately landward. This depositional area changed from mildly erosional to strongly depositional. Third, the area seaward of the bar eroded with a substantial deepening. The lowered water table appeared to result in a much more stable beach and the resulting effects were much less. The only noticeable trend was a limited deposition in the scour area at the base of the beach face. (Document has 37 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Beach face dynamics as affected by ground water table elevations
Personal Creator/Author:
Oh, Tae-Myoung
Dean, Robert G
Series Name: UFL/COEL
Number: 92/004
Date: 1992
Publisher: University of Florida. Department of Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beach erosion; ground water
Subjects: Oceanography
Earth Sciences
Item ID: 496
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2008 16:25
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 21:58

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