Spatial differences in sand wave dynamics between the Amsterdam and the Rotterdam region in the Southern North Sea

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Abstract

The optimization of the bathymetric resurvey policy of the Netherlands Hydrographic Service requires insight into sea floor dynamics in the Southern North Sea. To study the spatial variations in sea floor dynamics, the bathymetric archives of the Netherlands Hydrographic Service are analyzed using deformation analysis, a statistical and innovative approach for bathymetric data. Based on the uncertainty of the data, our implementation of deformation analysis selects the significant spatial and temporal parameters, and provides estimates and their uncertainties for those parameters. We focus on sand wave areas in the regions of Rotterdam and of Amsterdam. In those areas, dredging takes place to guarantee a minimum depth. The results reveal a difference in sand wave migration between the two regions, over the past two decades. The dominant wavelengths of the sand waves vary within the regions, but we find a similar wavelength distribution for the two regions. We compare our results to earlier studies of the same sand wave areas in the Rotterdam region, showing similar migration rates, but different wavelengths. It is concluded, based on sand wave dynamics alone, that the Amsterdam region should be assigned a higher resurvey frequency than the Rotterdam region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1105
JournalContinental shelf research
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Sand waves
  • Deformation analysis
  • IR-78598
  • Marine morphodynamics
  • Maritime navigation
  • Bathymetric surveying
  • METIS-272173

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