Marine scour: lessons from nature’s laboratory

Harris, J. and Whitehouse, R.J.S. (2014) Marine scour: lessons from nature’s laboratory. In: ICSE 2014 (7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion), 2-4 December 2014, Perth, Western Australia.

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Scour associated with anthropogenic activities in the marine environment has exercised the minds of scientists and engineers for decades. Despite the advances in understanding there remain areas of uncertainty which require further examination and challenges that require further research. Whilst real-life scour problems often help formulate the questions for detailed laboratory experiments, the associated information is less often used to answer some of those questions and yet the available data can offer the chance of exploring the scour at full-scale using real marine soils, albeit with all the inherent uncertainty associated with measurements obtained in the field. It can be argued that through the interpretation of these data, it forces the scientist and engineer to not only explore in more detail the limitations of the measurements but to engage in the full range of processes, whether physical (e.g. hydrodynamics and meteorological forcing) or biological (e.g. marine growth, benthic organisms) that impact on structures placed in what are often, very challenging environments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Coasts > Sediment transport and scour
Coasts > General
Divisions: Coastal
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:50
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 09:50

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