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Wave-driven flow over shallow reefs

Symonds, Graham; Black, Kerry P.; Young, Ian R.


Long-term (1 month) observations of waves and currents over a natural reef are presented which show a strong correlation between offshore rms incident wave height and cross-reef currents at subtidal frequencies. The energy spectrum of the cross-reef currents shows a significant peak at twice the semidiurnal tidal frequency, while the spectrum of sea surface elevation over the reef flat shows no corresponding peak. Furthermore, experimental results reported by Gourlay (1993) show setup over the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1995-02-15
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans 100.C2 (1995): 2639-2648
DOI: 10.1029/94JC02736


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