Measurements of morphodynamics of a sheltered beach along the Dutch Wadden Sea

M. A. van der Lugt*, J. W. Bosma, Matthieu A. de Schipper, T. D. Price, M. C. G. van Maarseveen, P. van der Gaag, G. Ruessink, A.J.H.M. Reniers, S. G. J. Aarninkhof

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A field campaign was carried out at a sheltered sandy beach with the aim of gaining new insights into the driving processes behind sheltered beach morphodynamics. Detailed measurements of the local hydrodynamics, bed-level changes and sediment composition were collected at a man-made beach on the leeside of the barrier island Texel, bordering the Marsdiep basin that is part of the Dutch Wadden Sea. The dataset consists of (1) current, wave and turbidity measurements from a dense cross-shore array and a 3ĝ€¯km alongshore array; (2) sediment composition data from beach surface samples; (3) high-Temporal-resolution RTK-GNSS beach profile measurements; (4) a pre-campaign spatially covering topobathy map; and (5) meteorological data. This paper outlines how these measurements were set up and how the data have been processed, stored and can be accessed. The novelty of this dataset lies in the detailed approach to resolve forcing conditions on a sheltered beach, where morphological evolution is governed by a subtle interplay between tidal and wind-driven currents, waves and bed composition, primarily due to the low-energy (near-Threshold) forcing. The data are publicly available at 4TU Centre for Research Data at: 10.4121/19c5676c-9cea-49d0-b7a3-7c627e436541 .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-918
Number of pages16
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2024


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