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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B32/S15.084

LONGSHORE CURENTS EVALUATION ALONG THE ROMANIAN BLACK SEA COAST

A.T. Zanopol, F.Onea, E.Rusu
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-14-8 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 3, Vol. 2, 637-644 pp

ABSTRACT
The objective of the present work it is to evaluate the nearshore current patterns along the Romanian Black Sea coast. In order to give a full perspective of the nearshore circulation, three target areas (Saint George, Mamaia and Mangalia) were considered for analysis. The above selection is based on the fact that each of these coastal areas presents specific bathymetric features. For the numerical simulations, a 1D surf model was used in order to determine the nearshore current variations. This is based on the input provided by the SWAN phase averaged spectral wave model. Some case studies related to the most relevant environmental conditions were considered. They were defined taking into account the in situ wave measurements performed at the Gloria drilling unit. Since the waves are in fact the most important factor in the coastal dynamics, because both of their direct and indirect (via the nearshore currents) actions, in the final part of the paper a detailed assessment of the wave conditions was carried out in each target area.

Keywords: Black Sea, Romanian nearshore, SWAN, longshore current, waves