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Overtopping Metrics and Coastal Safety: A Case of Study from the Catalan Coast

Version 1 : Received: 7 July 2020 / Approved: 9 July 2020 / Online: 9 July 2020 (02:01:46 CEST)

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Altomare, C.; Gironella, X.; Suzuki, T.; Viccione, G.; Saponieri, A. Overtopping Metrics and Coastal Safety: A Case of Study from the Catalan Coast. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 556. Altomare, C.; Gironella, X.; Suzuki, T.; Viccione, G.; Saponieri, A. Overtopping Metrics and Coastal Safety: A Case of Study from the Catalan Coast. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 556.

Journal reference: J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 556
DOI: 10.3390/jmse8080556

Abstract

Design criteria for coastal defenses exposed to wave overtopping are usually assessed by mean overtopping discharges and maximum individual overtopping volumes. However, it is often difficult to give clear and precise limits of tolerable overtopping for all kind of layouts. A few studies analyzed the relationship between wave overtopping flows and hazard levels for people on sea dikes, confirming that one single value of admissible mean discharge or individual overtopping volume is not a sufficient indicator of the hazard, but detailed characterization of flow velocities and depths is required. This work presents the results of an experimental campaign aiming at characterizing the flow characteristics associated to maximum individual overtopping volumes for an urbanized stretch of a town along the Catalan coast, where a walking and bike path and a railway run along the coastline are exposed to significant overtopping events every stormy season. The work compares different safety criteria for pedestrian. Results prove that safety of pedestrian on a sea dike can be still guaranteed even for overtopping volumes larger than 1000 l/m. Pedestrian hazard is rather proved to be linked to the combination of overtopping flow velocity and flow depth.

Subject Areas

wave overtopping; coastal safety; flow velocity; flow depth; sea dikes

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