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Title: Review of the Field-Data Base for Longshore Sediment Transport
Authors: Schoonees, JS
Theron, AK
Keywords: Longshore sediment transport
Beach improvement schemes
Coastal Engineering
Accretion rates
Erosion rates
Longshore transport rates
Issue Date: Feb-1993
Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Citation: Schoonees, JS and Theron, AK. 1993. Review of the Field-Data Base for Longshore Sediment Transport. Coastal Engineering, vol. 19, 02 January, pp 1-25
Abstract: A literature search was undertaken to collect field data on longshore sediment transport. This yielded a large number of data sets (273 points for bulk transport rates) from a variety of sites around the world. Data are especially lacking for transport rates exceeding 0.2 x 10(6) m3/year, significant wave heights higher than 1.8 m, sediment grain sizes coarser than 0.6 mm and beach slopes steeper than 0.06 (= 1/14). A point rating system was devised whereby the quality of the data could be assessed. The recording method and the accuracy thereof as well as the representativeness of the data were taken into account. It was found that the evaluation was done reasonably objectively and consistently. The data were divided into three categories. The highest score achieved in the evaluation was only 71% thus reflecting the difficulty of measuring longshore transport accurately. It is recommended that longshore transport formulae be calibrated against the data in the higher category (60% and better) and then be tested against all the other data. This will ensure that the formulae will be tested in as many different conditions and sites as possible without the lower quality data contributing to the calibration constants.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1635
ISSN: 0378-3839
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