AbstractLow-laying barrier beach is easily overtopped by waves during a severe storm, resulting in increased water level in the inland bays and extensive flooding along the long bay shoreline. Kobayashi and Zhu (2017) developed a simple analytical model to predict bay peak still-water elevation in Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay for given ocean peak still-water elevation and surge duration at Lewes . 27 storms identified during 2005-2015 were used to calibrate the dimensionless parameter K* related to the inlet and bay characteristics. The agreement is within 10% at tide gauges I and R and within 30% at tide gauge D.
Kobayashi, N. and Zhu, T. (2017). "Bay flooding through tidal inlet and bay wave overtopping of barrier beach.† J. Waterway, Port, Coastal, Ocean Eng, 143(5), 1-14.
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