Suspended and bedload transport in the surf zone: Implications for sand transport models

Joep Van Der Zanden, Dominic A. Van Der A, Tom ODonoghue, David Hurther, Iván Cáceres, Peter D. Thorne, Jebbe J. Van Der Werf, Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher, Jan S. Ribberink

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This paper presents results obtained during a large-scale wave flume experiment focused at measuring hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes in the wave breaking region. The experiment involved monochromatic plunging breaking waves over a mobile bed barred profile consisting of D50 = 0.24 mm sand. Vertical profiles of velocity, turbulence, sand concentration and sand fluxes were measured at 12 cross-shore locations, covering the shoaling region up to the inner surf zone. Particularly high-resolution profiles were obtained near the bed within the wave bottom boundary layer, using an acoustic sediment concentration and velocity profiler (ACVP). Sheet flow concentration and particle velocities were measured at two locations near the bar crest using two conductivity-based concentration measurement tanks (CCM+). Total transport rates, obtained from the evolving bed profile measurements, were decomposed into suspended and bedload transport contributions across the bar. The present paper presents a summary of the key findings of the experiment, which are used to discuss existing approaches for modeling suspended and bed load transport in the surf zone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2016
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780989661133
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2016 - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 17 Nov 201620 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameCoastal Engineering Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2156-1028


Conference35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2016

Bibliographical note

The research presented in this paper is conducted within the SINBAD project, funded by STW (12058) and EPSRC (EP/J00507X/1, EP/J005541/1), and received additional funding through the European Community’s FP7 project Hydralab IV (contract no. 261520)


  • Boundary layer processes
  • Breaking waves
  • Morphodynamic models.
  • Sand transport
  • Sheet flow
  • Wave flume experiment


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