Humboldt Bay, California, entrance channel. Report 1: data review
Costa, Steven L.; Glatzel, Karen A.
Contract reportABSTRACT: This data review for Humboldt Bay, CA, was conducted by GDC, LLC, Trinidad, CA, for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), Vicksburg, MS. The report was prepared by Dr. Steven L. Costa and Dr. Karen A. Glatzel, GDC, under the general direction of Dr. Adele Militello, Coastal Hydrodynamics Branch (CHB), CHL. Work was performed under the Inlet Modeling System (IMS) Work Unit of the Coastal Inlets Research Program (CIRP), Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE). CHL is conducting a study of the entrance to Humboldt Bay, CA, as a part of CIRP. This data review provides a supplementary inventory and review of available data to support the study. The data review includes historical and recent physical processes and engineering data describing Humboldt Bay and the adjacent littoral cell. The focus is on data and data sources related to physical oceanography (tides, wind, waves, currents, hydrographic structure, bathymetry), coastal processes, tidal inlet and beach dynamics, sand supply and budgets, structural modifications controlling the inlet, and dredging. The purpose of the data review, in support of the inlet study of Humboldt Bay, is to locate, identify, and catalog as large a portion of the available data as practicable. The intent is to identify a database that will provide substantial information and knowledge needed to facilitate a successful and complete study of the inlet. Historic data and data sources are needed for the evaluation of the evolution of the inlet and anthropogenic influences during the past 150 years. Recent physical processes data, and data sources, are also needed for framing and simulating the existing physical dynamic attributes of the inlet. Only when both the past evolution and the existing properties of the inlet are understood, can possible approaches to improvements be investigated and identified.
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Aerial photography; Bathymetry; Humboldt Bay; California; Coastal processes; Currents; Dredging; Inlet dynamics; Inlet evolution; Physical oceanography; Physical processes; Sediment budget; Structural modifications; Tides; Winds; Waves
ERDC/CHL CR ; 02-1 rept.1.
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