Abstract

The hydrodynamics of coastal zones are extremely complicated, being influenced greatly by shallow water waves and currents induced by wave breaking. This paper presents numerical simulations of long-shore currents induced by the breaking of oblique incident waves in shallow coastal zones. The wave numerical model is based on parabolic mild slope equation, and so the wave radiation stress required for the generation of wave-induced currents are calculated based on the variables in the parabolic mild slope equation, and the long-shore currents have been numerically simulated based on these. The numerical models are validated against experimental data, and the results suggest that the long-shore current velocity and wave set-up increase with the increasing incident wave amplitude and offshore slope steepness, as well as the wave set-up increase with the increasing incident wave period.

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