On the predictability of nearshore bar behaviour

Stefan Aarninkhof*, Claire Hinton, Kathelijne Wijnberg

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The analysis of field observations of surf zone dynamics has revealed some `unexpected' behaviour of the coastal system, generally referred to as `free behaviour', which is behaviour that is unrelated to similar patterns in the external forcing. Present-day process-based modeling concepts are not capable to deal with these free modes of behaviour. In order to assess the validity of model-based predictions of bar dynamics, the relative importance of free behaviour versus forced response in the surf zone needs to be addressed. This work aims to contribute to the debate, by investigating the sensitivity of breaker bar behaviour to chronology effects from coastal profile modeling at a multiple-barred beach, with probabilistic forcing conditions. The results show chronology effects merely affect the predicted height of the bars, rather than their location which is remarkably consistent over the various runs. The latter observation has raised the question up to what extent predicted bar behaviour is controlled by model characteristics (concept, parameter settings), rather than system and forcing characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 1998 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 22 Jun 199827 Jun 1998
Conference number: 26


Conference26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 1998
Abbreviated titleICCE


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