AbstractIn recent years, sandy coasts are suffering from erosion. It is of great importance to evaluate the state of coasts and assure the achievement of coastal protection measures. Therefore, a three-dimensional numerical model of sandy beach response was developed based on unstructured grids and with capability of describing nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transports. A three-dimensional hydrodynamic model was first developed based on a coupled wave-current model system that included the Simulating Waves Nearshore (SWAN) wave model and the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) circulation model. Information exchange between the two models used Model-Coupling Toolkit (MCT) software following Chen et al. (2018). The new three-dimensional radiation stress including the bottom slope effects was employed (Ji et al. 2017). Based on the hydrodynamic model, a numerical model of sediment transport and morphological evolution on sandy beach was developed.
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