Two-dimensional surf beat: Long wave generation by a time-varying breakpoint

Graham Symonds, David A. Huntley, Anthony J. Bowen

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A two-dimensional parametrization of a surf zone with a time-dependent breakpoint due to groupiness in the incident wave field is developed. The breakpoint is defined in terms of a mean position X plus a modulation DELTA alpha . Free wave solutions are obtained on a plane beach at the group frequency and its harmonics. Shoreward of the breakpoint, standing waves are found, while seaward an outgoing progressive wave exists. The amplitude of the standing wave is relatively insensitive to the incident wave field. The amplitude of the outgoing wave depends on X, the group frequency sigma , and the beach slope tan beta . For certain values of CHI equals ( sigma **2X/g tan beta ) the amplitude of the outgoing wave goes to zero. It appears that any 'resonant' response of the standing wave shoreward of the breakpoint is suppressed by seaward radiation of energy by the outgoing wave.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-498
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
Issue numberC1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982


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