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Title: Analysis of coastal sediment transport processes from Wrightsville Beach to Fort Fisher, North Carolina
Authors: Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc.
Winton, T. C.
Chou, I. B.
Powell, G. M.
Crane, J. D.
Keywords: Beach fills
Carolina Beach (N.C.)
Longshore transport
Sediment budgets
Wave refraction
Wrightsville Beach (N.C.)
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous report (Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)) ; no. 81-6.
Description: Miscellaneous Report
Abstract: A comprehensive engineering analysis of the coastal sediment transport processes along a 42-kilometer segment of the North Carolina shoreline from Wrightsville Beach to Fort Fisher is presented. Included in the analysis is an interpretation of the littoral processes, longshore transport, and the behavior and success of beach nourishment projects at Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The historical position of the MLW, MSL, and MHW contours, relative to a fixed base line, is plotted for the period between 1964 and 1975. An equivalent volumetric erosion or accretion between successive surveys is determined by multiplying the average excursion distance of the contours by a constant of proportionality. The plots of excursion distance versus time for the MLW , MSL, and MHW contours also show the time response of the beach fills. This response is described by a mathematical function. The longshore components of wave-induced energy flux are also detetmined within the study area through wave refraction analysis. This information, together with the information on volumetric change, is used in a sediment budget analysis to determine the coefficient of alongshore sediment transport and the inlet trapping characteristics.
Rights: Approved for Public Release, Distribution is Unlimited
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