Description

This postgraduate level text and reference treatise introduces readers to tides, tidal currents, storm-surges and sea level trends in coastal regions. The book is based on tidal waters of Maryland, Virginia, Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic regions known to the author, and also provides international examples from the UK and different locations around the world, which allows readers to compare and contrast tidal regimes and to perform tidal analysis from data in their own environment. It is an important book for teachers, researchers, planners and engineers responsible for coastal defences as well as new infrastructure and waterway modification in ports and harbours. The wealth of informative detail and data provided makes this text worthwhile for readers who need a wider understanding of this increasingly important topic for coastal zone residents. MATLAB scientific programming language, simple-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) programs are introduced for students, researchers and engineering consultants, available at no cost from MATLAB Central file exchange (http://www mathworks.com/matlabcentral).

GUI programs provide the tools for analysing water level or water current observations, deriving the major tidal constituents, and showing first hand how tide and tidal current predictions are made in addition to producing unrivalled colour graphic visualisations. GUI is the author's tidal analysis and is particularly suited for the investigation of storm surge in coastal waters. Professor Boon has studied tidal behaviour in world coastal zones and here assembles information for public and private use from his capacity as advisor to state and federal authorities and corporate organisations.

Key Features

  • Introduces tides, tidal currents, storm-surges and sea level trends in coastal regions
  • Provides examples from the US, the Atlantic, the UK and different locations around the world
  • MATLAB scientific programming language and simple-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) programs are introduced for students, researchers and engineering consultants

Readership

Teachers, researchers, planners, and engineers responsible for coastal defenses, new infrastructures and waterway modification

Table of Contents

Tidewater; A tug of war over the ocean; Are tides waves? Harmonic constituents: Building blocks of tides; Tidal datums: Finding the apparent level of the sea; Tides and currents in a large estuary; Analysing tides and currents; Predicting tides and currents; Storm tide and storm surge; Computational methods: The matrix revisited.

Details

No. of pages:
224
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2004
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781904275176
Electronic ISBN:
9781782424352

Reviews

The author has written a well thought-out and readable text, suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike. It includes a particularly fascinating section on the tides and currents in a large estuary, using Chesapeake Bay as an example. Other important geographical areas such as the Gulf coasts of Arabia and Liverpool Bay are used for description of tidal variation with some surprising results. ... a fine book and well worthy of publication., Navigation News