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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Investigation of Surge and Wave Reduction by Vegetation

Location: Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit

Project Number: 6060-13000-023-19
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jan 01, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2012

Objective:
Conduct laboratory investigations to assess the dissipation of wave energy and water level changes induced by vegetation.

Approach:
Use the wave tank facility housed at the NSL to investigate the effectiveness of vegetation for dissipating wave and storm surge energy. First, rigid elements in regular spacings will be subjected to monochromatic waves, and the results will be compared to currently established theory to ensure proper measurement and operation of the wave tank facility. Successful completion of this phase of work will lead to experiments with flexible elements and live vegetation being subjected to both monochromatic and random waves. Vegetation type and flexible model scales will be based on native vegetation in coastal areas.

Last Modified: 10/25/2014
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