Wave thrust values at point locations along the shorelines of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Online link https://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/catalog/whcmsc/SB_data_release/DR_P9LFGKFW/Massachusetts_wave_thrust_hsofs.faq.html
Description This product provides spatial variations in wave thrust along shorelines in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Natural features of relevance along the State coast are salt marshes. In recent times, marshes have been eroding primarily through lateral erosion. Wave thrust represents a metric of wave attack acting on marsh edges. The wave thrust is calculated as the vertical integral of the dynamic pressure of waves. This product uses a consistent methodology with sufficient spatial resolution to include the distinct features of each marsh system. Waves under different climatological wind forcing conditions were simulated using the coupled ADCIRC/SWAN model system. The estuarine and bay areas are resolved with horizontal resolutions of order hundreds of meters. The simulations provide the wave height, period, and direction needed to calculate wave thrust. We consider the frequency of occurrence of each wind magnitude and direction bin for each location to reconstruct a weighted-average wave thrust that considers coastal orientation with regard to dominant wave direction. The resulting wave thrust is then mapped along the shoreline of the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island to generate the present product. [More]
Originators Aretxabaleta, Alfredo L.; Defne, Zafer; and Ganju, Neil K.

Related topics

Browse graphic showing the station locations.
Browse graphic showing the station locations.
Graphic that shows wave thrust along the shoreline of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with points at a 1 kilometer resolution.
Graphic that shows wave thrust along the shoreline of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with points at a 1 kilometer resolution.