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dc.contributor.authorMacMahan, Jamie H.
dc.contributor.authorThornton, Ed B.
dc.contributor.authorReniers, J.H.M.
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T22:39:36Z
dc.date.available2015-08-03T22:39:36Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationCoastal Engineering, Vol. 53, (2006), pp. 191 – 208en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45734
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be located at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2005.10.009en_US
dc.description.abstractRip currents are shore-normal, narrow, seaward-flowing currents that originate within surf zone, extend seaward of the breaking region (rip head), and can obtain relatively high velocities. Within the last decade, there have been a significant number of laboratory and field observations within rip current systems. An overview of rip current kinematics based on these observations and the scientific advances obtained from these efforts are synthesized. Rip current flows are partitioned into mean, infragravity, very low frequency (vorticity), and tidal contributions, and it is found that each contributes significantly to the total. Data from the laboratory and the field suggest that the rip current strength increases with increasing wave energy and decreasing water depths. The maximum mean current occurs inside the surf zone, where the maximum forcing is present owing to the dissipation of waves.en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleRip current reviewen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentOceanographyen_US
dc.subject.authorRip currentsen_US
dc.subject.authorMorphodynamicsen_US
dc.subject.authorNearshoreen_US
dc.subject.authorHydrodynamicsen_US
dc.description.funderThis work was jointly funded by the National Science Foundation under contracts OCE-01366882 and DMS-0234521, the Office of Naval Research under contract N0001405WR20150, and the National Ocean Partnership Program NOPP-N0001404WR20125. Additional funding for A.R. from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), under contract DCB.5856 is much appreciated.en_US


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