Near-bottom currents on the middle shoreface in the presence of the Rhine River plume

Martijn Henriquez, Saulo Meirelles Nunes Da Rocha, Alexander R. Horner-Devine, Alejandro J. Souza, Julie D. Pietrzak, Marcel J F Stive

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The South-Holland coast of the Netherlands undergoes the influence of the Rhine river plume released from the Rotterdam waterways. An experiment, STRAINS, was conducted to study the impact of the fresh water on the nearshore hydrodynamics and sand transport. As part of the experiment, an instrumented bottom frame measured the near-bed hydrodynamics at 12 m depth. The flow was decomposed in the tidal, wave and turbulent component. During moderate energetic wave conditions the cross-shore tidal flow was of similar magnitude as the wave orbital flow. The cross-shore tidal flow was asymmetric and larger in the seaward direction. The cross-shore tidal component may be generated by tidal straining due to the river plume.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 34th Conference on Coastal Engineering
EditorsPatrick J. Lynett
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages4
Volume34 (2014)
ISBN (Print)978-098966112-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 15 Jun 201420 Jun 2014
Conference number: 34


Conference34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering
Abbreviated titleICCE 2014
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
Internet address


  • Field measurements
  • Lower shoreface
  • Sediment transport
  • Tidal straining


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