An investigation of longshore currents at Moss Landing, California
Glenn, Walter Hill
Webb, Lowell Elliott
Neal, Victor T.
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Longshore currents were measured in the surf zone in the vicinity of Moss Landing on both sides of the head of Monterey Submarine Canyon. The measurements were made utilizing drift bottles introduced at 50 to 100 feet offshore. For the period covered, January through March 1966, the majority of the longshore currents measured were directed toward the canyon from both sides. It was found that the height of the tide and the offshore bar configuration have a considerable effect on the longshore circulation, in addition to the wave and beach parameters which have been suggested by previous investigators. A review is made of laboratory and field observations of longshore currents to date and a comparison is made between the results of this investigation and previous studies in other geographical areas.
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