Temporal variability of runup and total water level on Cape Cod sandy beaches

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In the present study, we evaluate the temporal variability in runup and total water level for sandy beaches along Cape Cod (Massachusetts, USA), and their impact on dune and beach erosion. We use a 43-year hindcast of waves and water levels and calculate runup and total water level based on the Stockdon formulation using previously extracted beach slopes. The dominant components of the runup are identified and their temporal variability evaluated. The seasonal and interannual variability of total water level is evaluated. For most locations along the outer Cape Cod coast, the comparison between total water level and dune elevations suggested that the coastal response remained predominantly under swash regime. The results over these study locations could be extended to other similar areas at regional scales to provide better characterization of total water level and coastal change at long temporal scales.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Temporal variability of runup and total water level on Cape Cod sandy beaches
DOI 10.1142/9789811275135_0024
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher World Scientific
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 15 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title The proceedings of the coastal sediments 2023
First page 267
Last page 281
Conference Title Coastal Sediments 2023
Conference Location New Orleans, LA
Conference Date April 11-15, 2023
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Other Geospatial Cape Cod
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