First direct evidence that breaking waves cause horizontal eddies
Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 94, Issue 9, page 96, 26 February 2013
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2013), First direct evidence that breaking waves cause horizontal eddies, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(9), 96.(
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As ocean waves pass from deeper water into the shallow coastal regions, they begin to break, churning up the surf zone waters. At the edges of the crests of the breaking waves, horizontally rotating eddies (vertical vortices) are generated, converting some of the waves' kinetic energy into turbulence. These horizontally rotating eddies are an important mechanism for dispersing nutrients, larvae, bacteria, sediments, and other suspended objects along the coastline.