Wave energy asymmetry in shallow bays
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2010
Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 37, Issue 24, December 2010
How to Cite
2010), Wave energy asymmetry in shallow bays, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L24601, doi:10.1029/2010GL045254., , , , and (
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 8 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Received: 24 AUG 2010
- Ekman transport;
- storm surge;
- wind waves
 Storm surges along the coastline of the United States are often driven by along-shore winds triggering cross-shore Ekman transport. Here we show that this mechanism creates ideal conditions for large wave events in the shallow bays characterizing much of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines. A positive feedback enhances wave formation during along-shore wind events, affecting the spatial distribution of waves and wave-forced erosion in shallow bays at a continental scale.