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Title: Wave runup prediction for flood hazard assessment
Authors: United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Detroit District.
Melby, Jeffrey A.
Keywords: Beaches
Coastal structures
Flood hazard
Wave height
Wave runup
Wave setup
Publisher: Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CHL TR ; 12-24.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Wave runup determines the extent over which waves act. Wave runup is therefore an important parameter to determine flood inundation extents from coastal storms. Cross-shore and longshore sediment transport are a function of the hydrodynamics on the beach and are therefore related to wave runup. In this report, several benchmark wave runup data sets are summarized and used to evaluate the available tools for predicting wave runup for flood hazard assessment. Benchmark data cover a range of shoreline conditions including sandy beaches on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, dissipative to reflective beaches, as well as structures ranging from impermeable smooth levees to rough permeable rubble mounds. Data include laboratory and prototype measurements. Tools for predicting wave runup are analyzed including empirical equations, computer programs based on empirical equations, and the CSHORE numerical hydrodynamic model. Most of the tools show fairly high degrees of skill but some do not. The study recommends using the numerical hydrodynamic program CSHORE to model runup for most beach and structure conditions. However, CSHORE is not likely to predict wave runup on infragravity-dominated dissipative beaches well. For these cases, it is recommended that one of the recommended empirical equations for beaches be used.
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