Does littoral sand bypass the head of Mugu Submarine Canyon? - a modeling study

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Edited by: Ping WangJulie D. Rosati, and Tiffany M. Roberts



A newly developed sand-tracer code for the process-based model Delft3D (Deltares, The Netherlands) was used to simulate the littoral transport near the head of the Mugu Submarine Canyon in California, USA. For westerly swells, which account for more than 90% of the wave conditions in the region, the sand tracers in the downcoast littoral drift were unable to bypass the canyon head. A flow convergence near the upcoast rim of the canyon intercepts the tracers and moves them either offshore onto the shelf just west of the canyon rim (low wave height conditions) or into the canyon head (storm wave conditions). This finding supports the notion that Mugu Canyon is the true terminus of the Santa Barbara Littoral Cell.

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Does littoral sand bypass the head of Mugu Submarine Canyon? - a modeling study
DOI 10.1142/9789814355537_0156
Volume 3
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher World Scientific
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the Coastal Sediments 2011
First page 2075
Last page 2087
Conference Title Coastal Sediments 2011
Conference Location Miami, Florida
Conference Date May 2-6 2011
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