BARNEGAT INLET, NEW JERSEY - A STABILIZED INLET.

M. Leslie Fields, Gail M. Ashley

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages2006-2021
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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