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The Effects of Tidal Translation on Wave and Current Dynamics on a Barred Macrotidal Beach, Northern France

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Barred macrotidal beaches are affected by continuous horizontal displacements of different hydrodynamic zones associated with wave transformation (shoaling, breaker and surf zones) due to significant tide-induced water level changes. A series of wave and current meters, complemented by a video imagery system, were deployed on a barred beach of northern France during a 6-day experiment in order to characterize the spatial and temporal variability of wave-induced processes across the beach. Wave and current spectral analyses and analyses of cross-shore current direction and asymmetry resulted in the identification of distinct hydrodynamic processes, including the development of infragravity waves and offshore-directed flows in the breaker and surf zones. Our results revealed a high spatial variability in the hydrodynamic processes across the beach, related to the bar-trough topography, as well as significant variations in the directions and intensity of cross-shore currents at fixed locations due to the horizontal translation of the different hydrodynamic zones resulting from continuous changes in water level due to tides.
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hal-04252329 , version 1 (20-10-2023)

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Arnaud Héquette, Adrien Cartier, François Schmitt. The Effects of Tidal Translation on Wave and Current Dynamics on a Barred Macrotidal Beach, Northern France. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2021, 9 (8), pp.909. ⟨10.3390/jmse9080909⟩. ⟨hal-04252329⟩
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