Controls of multimodal wave conditions in a complex coastal setting
Hegermiller, Christie A.
Erikson, Li H.
Barnard, Patrick L.
Antolinez, José A. A.
Mendez, Fernando J.
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Coastal hazards emerge from the combined effect of wave conditions and sea level anomalies associated with storms or low-frequency atmosphere-ocean oscillations. Rigorous characterization of wave climate is limited by the availability of spectral wave observations, the computational cost of dynamical simulations, and the ability to link wave-generating atmospheric patterns with coastal conditions. We present a hybrid statistical-dynamical approach to simulating nearshore wave climate in complex coastal settings, demonstrated in the Southern California Bight, where waves arriving from distant, disparate locations are refracted over complex bathymetry and shadowed by offshore islands. Contributions of wave families and large-scale atmospheric drivers to nearshore wave energy flux are analyzed. Results highlight the variability of influences controlling wave conditions along neighboring coastlines. The universal method demonstrated here can be applied to complex coastal settings worldwide, facilitating analysis of the effects of climate change on nearshore wave climate.
Author Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2017. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Geophysical Research Letters 44 (2017): 12,315–12,323, doi:10.1002/2017GL075272.
Suggested CitationArticle: Hegermiller, Christie A., Rueda, Ana, Erikson, Li H., Barnard, Patrick L., Antolinez, José A. A., Mendez, Fernando J., "Controls of multimodal wave conditions in a complex coastal setting", Geophysical Research Letters 44 (2017): 12,315–12,323, DOI:10.1002/2017GL075272, https://hdl.handle.net/1912/9553
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