Drag Force Modeling of Surface Wave Dissipation by a Vegetation Field

Tze-Yi Yang, I-Chi Chan
2020 Water  
In this paper, we explore the use of coastal vegetation as a natural barrier to defend our shoreline from hazards caused by large wind waves, storm surges, and tsunamis. A numerical model based on XBeach is employed to evaluate the wave damping by vegetation. An explicit formula for the required drag coefficient used to help describe the additional force imposed by the vegetation is developed through a series of numerical experiments. Overall, our predictions agree reasonably with available
more » ... with available laboratory data in the literature for various incident wave conditions and vegetation configurations. Our analysis suggests that a small unvegetated open space in the middle of a vegetation strip does not have a significant impact on the amount of wave height attenuation at the exit of the vegetated bed.
doi:10.3390/w12092513 fatcat:zf4p7ki67nbznkxyrmtdhvj5ky