surf zone


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surf zone

[′sərf ‚zōn]
(oceanography)
The area between the landward limit of wave uprush and the farthest seaward breaker.
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The swash zone, where waves break onshore, has been the focus of University of Delaware's Jack Puleo; Traykovski has concentrated on the inner surf zone, between the wave break and the outermost sandbars; and deeper water, out to the continental shelf, is the domain of Joe Calantoni, a research physicist at the U.S.
Seasonal and diel variation in the standing crop of fishes and macroinvertebrates from a Gulf of Mexico surf zone. Est.
(23) The onshore sediment transport rate can be easily predicted from the near-bottom steady velocity, but an estimation of the velocity based on the Navier-Stokes equation, namely NWF, is required to evaluate suspended sediment transport in the turbulent flow field with strong unsteadiness in the surf zone.
Juveniles, food and the surf zone habitat: implications for teleost nursery areas.
Hence this event is not suitable for analysis of wave transformation in the surf zone. However, it is interesting to compare this event with the previous one (Fig.
Elgar, "Turbulence measurements in the surf zone," Journal of Physical Oceanography, vol.
Though signboards were placed to mark special surf zones on the beach some months ago, the municipality had kept them covered and did not officially announce the opening of the surf zone.
In hit and run attacks, sharks in the "surf zone" mistakenly attack swimmers or surfers, before swimming away when they realise the human is not normal prey.
It is understood that this movement of sediment, particularly in the surf zone, is governed by complex interplay of waves and the nature of prevailing sediments in addition to morphology of beaches.
These include warm temperate surf zone species such as silver drummer and rock blackfish, which are breeding and have become more abundant, and range increases in snapper and rock flathead.
Generally, the greatest localized concentrations of both species occur in less than eight meters of water, typically just outside the surf zone along southern California beaches south of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor complex (O'Brien and Oliphant 2001; Valle and Oliphant 2001).
We are specifically interested in the relative magnitude of the longshore sediment transport in the surf zone caused by wind waves and vessel wakes.