Wave activity on the sea-bed of the english channel

Grochowski, N.T.L. and Collins, M.B. (1994) Wave activity on the sea-bed of the english channel. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 74, (03), 739-742. (doi:10.1017/S0025315400047792).


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Long-term surface wave records from various parts of the English Channel are used to determine the percentage of time during a year for which waves disturb the sea-bed. Most of the bottom sediments are rarely disturbed by waves (<1% of the time), due to water depth and sediment grain size. The coastal zones (<30 m), including the embayments, experience significant wave disturbance at the sea-bed (i.e. >5–10%). The general distribution of surficial sediments can be explained in terms of tidally-induced processes alone. Even in areas where wave activity is high, fine-grained sediment transport is controlled by the same mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0025315400047792
ISSNs: 0025-3154 (print)
1469-7769 (electronic)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 192473
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Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 15:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:42
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/192473

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