Field and Numerical Study of Resistance and Resilience on a Sea Breeze Dominated Beach in Yucatan (Mexico)
AbstractThe understanding of the beach capability to resist and recover from a disturbance is of paramount importance in coastal engineering. However, few efforts have been devoted to quantifying beach resilience. The present work aims to investigate the shoreline resistance and resilience, associated to a transient disturbance, on a sandy beach. A temporary groin was deployed for 24 h on a micro-tidal sea-breeze dominated beach to induce a shoreline perturbation. Morphological changes were measured by means of beach surveys to estimate the beach perturbation and the further beach recovery after structure removal. An Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis of the shoreline position suggests that the first EOF mode describes the spatial-temporal evolution of the shoreline owing to the groin deployment/removal. A new one-line numerical model of beach evolution is calibrated with the field surveys, reproducing both the sediment impoundment and subsequent beach recovery after the structure removal. Thus, a parametric numerical study is conducted to quantify resistance and resilience. Numerical results suggest that beach resistance associated to the presence of a structure decreases with increasing alongshore sediment transport potential, whereas resilience after structure removal is positively correlated with the alongshore diffusivity. View Full-Text
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Medellín, G.; Torres-Freyermuth, A.; Tomasicchio, G.R.; Francone, A.; Tereszkiewicz, P.A.; Lusito, L.; Palemón-Arcos, L.; López, J. Field and Numerical Study of Resistance and Resilience on a Sea Breeze Dominated Beach in Yucatan (Mexico). Water 2018, 10, 1806.
Medellín G, Torres-Freyermuth A, Tomasicchio GR, Francone A, Tereszkiewicz PA, Lusito L, Palemón-Arcos L, López J. Field and Numerical Study of Resistance and Resilience on a Sea Breeze Dominated Beach in Yucatan (Mexico). Water. 2018; 10(12):1806.Chicago/Turabian Style
Medellín, Gabriela; Torres-Freyermuth, Alec; Tomasicchio, Giuseppe R.; Francone, Antonio; Tereszkiewicz, Peter A.; Lusito, Letizia; Palemón-Arcos, Leonardo; López, José. 2018. "Field and Numerical Study of Resistance and Resilience on a Sea Breeze Dominated Beach in Yucatan (Mexico)." Water 10, no. 12: 1806.
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