A field data assessment of contemporary models of beach cusp formation

Journal of Coastal Research
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Cusp formation was observed during an instrumented, daily profiled, time series of a reflective beach in Canaveral National Seashore, Florida on January 5, 1988. The monitored cusp embayment formed by erosion of the foreshore and the cusp series had a mean spacing of approximately 28 m. During this time, inshore fluid flows were dominated by two standing edge waves at frequencies of 0.06 Hz (primary) and 0.035 Hz (secondary) whereas incident waves were broadbanded at 0.12-0.16 Hz. Directly measured flows (and indirectly estimated swash excursion) data support both the standing wave subharmonic model and the self-organization model of cusp formation in this study.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A field data assessment of contemporary models of beach cusp formation
Series title Journal of Coastal Research
Volume 12
Year Published 1996
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 622-629
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Larger Work Title Journal of Coastal Research
First page 622
Last page 629
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