Morphodynamics due to storms surges in a tidally-dominated coastal environment

Talal Etri*, Roberto Mayerle

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In this paper a process-based morphodynamic model for hindcasting bed elevation changes during extreme storm events is demonstrated for a tidally-dominated area on the German North Sea coast. Two storm events were selected due to their historical significance and the severity of destruction they caused on the German North Sea coast. They occurred in January 1994, and December 1999 (Anatol). The results of the investigations showed that the intensity of the storm is one of the significant factors for the morphological changes. It was found that sudden increases in the westerly wind speeds in conjunction with neap tidal conditions lead to higher morphological activity than gradual changes in the wind speed combined with spring tides. The results showed also that most of the morphological changes take place during the storm season and that only a partial recovery of the bathymetry takes place within a one year period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2195-2207
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2008 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Aug 31 2008Sept 5 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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