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Numerical Modeling of Wave Runup on Coastal Structures and Beaches

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The quantitative understanding of regular and irregular wave runup on inclined coastal structures and beaches has improved considerably for the last decade owing to the improved laboratory and field experimental capabilities followed by the development of time-dependent numerical models. Numerical models based on the finite-amplitude shallow-water equations including the effects of bottom friction have been verified fairly extensively using laboratory and field data. The capabilities and limitations of the models are summarized so that marine engineers and scientists may be able to apply them effectively. The existing models are practically limited to normally incident waves on coastal structures and beaches of alongshore uniformity. The extension of these models to directional random waves on coastal structures and beaches of arbitrary three-dimensional geometry will be challenging numerically.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Applied Coastal Research University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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