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Cross-reef wave and water level data from coral reef environments


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Rosenberger, K.J., Cheriton, O.M., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2020, Cross-reef wave and water level data from coral reef environments: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Coral reefs provide important protection for tropical coastlines against the impact of large waves and storm damage by energy dissipation through wave breaking and bottom friction. However, climate change and sea level rise have led to growing concern for how the hydrodynamics across these reefs will evolve and whether these changes will leave tropical coastlines more vulnerable to large wave events. Because the majority of reef flats are depth-limited, offshore water levels (tides) strongly control the ability of waves to propagate across a reef and impact the shoreline. In addition to offshore water levels, wave breaking also drives waters onto reefs and thus contributes to reef water levels; as offshore waves break over shallow [...]

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9RYN5NH

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