NEARSHORE PROCESSES ON A FRINGING REEF.
A field experiment was conducted on Grand Cayman Island during 1972 and on Barbados during 1973 to determine the characteristics of wave-dominated nearshore processes in a fringing reef. Results from these field experiments indicate that nearshore processes on reefs occur in a distinctly different pattern from that on sandy coasts. Deepwater wave characteristics are significantly modified by reef morphology before the waves reach the shoreline. Wave-induced currents cross the fringing reef crest and interact with lagoon geometry to produce a circulation pattern in the back-reef lagoon characterized by velocities which increase toward the main lagoon outlet. Refs.
Suhayda, J., Roberts, H., & Murray, S. (1975). NEARSHORE PROCESSES ON A FRINGING REEF.., 63-75. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/geo_pubs/1764