Estimating changes in near-shore bathymetry with subaerial surveys

TitleEstimating changes in near-shore bathymetry with subaerial surveys
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDoria A., Guza RT
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Date Published2013/09
ISBN Number0739-0572
Accession NumberWOS:000324890100021

Surveys of the subaerial beach (e.g., landward of approximately the MSL depth contour) are widely used to evaluate temporal changes in sand levels over large alongshore reaches. Here, seasonal beach face volume changes based on full bathymetry beach profiles (to similar to 8 m in depth) are compared with estimates based on the subaerial section of the profile. The profiles span 15 years and 75 km of Southern California shoreline, where seasonal vertical fluctuations in near-shore sand levels of a few meters are common. In years with relatively low winter wave energy, most erosion occurs above the MSL contour, and subaerial surveys capture as much as 0.8 of the total (relatively small) seasonal beach face volume change. In response to more energetic winter waves, beach face erosion increases and occurs as deep as 3 m below MSL, and subaerial surveys capture as little as 0.2 of the total beach face volume change. Patchy, erosion-resistant rock and cobble layers contribute to alongshore variation of the subaerial fraction of beach face volume change.

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