A detailed study of the historical development of Barnegat Inlet, located on the central New Jersey coastline, was completed using aerial photographs and bathymetric charts. The morpho-dynamics of the system were investigated through a collection of current velocity, grain size, bedform, and dye tracer data over a 1-year period from May 1982 to June 1983. Integration of the historical analysis with the modern process study led to the identification of the dominant process-response relationships. The inlet channel is naturally meandering (2 km wavelength) and is 120 m wide and 9 m deep at the throat. Circulation and sediment transport patterns in the present-day inlet are counter-clockwise with a flood dominant main channel and ebb dominant adjacent shoals. Stability criterion (O'Brien, 1931; Jarrett, 1976) suggest that man-induced alterations have produced a relatively stable channel configuration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes