Presentation Title

How Do Waves Differ in Big Fisherman's Cove?

Faculty Mentor

Rhea Presiado

Start Date

17-11-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

CREVELING 49

Session

POSTER 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

Abstract

For our group project we will be conducting field work on Big Fisherman’s Cove on Catalina Island. Catalina Island is located off the coast of California and belongs to Los Angeles county. The beach where the research will be conducted is a rocky beach. The cove gives the area some protection from waves. The waves that will be observed and measured will be in the area accessible by foot in the inter-tidal region of the cove. The research conducted will determine if waves differ in different areas of the cove. The waves may differ on different sides of the cove. The area that is most protected by the cove and the area that is less protected may have significant differences. In order to create a hypothesis for the question, “ How do Waves Differ in Big Fisherman’s Cove?”, the group conducted online research. The group wanted to be prepared and ready to create methods to create an accurate hypothesis. By conducting the research we were able to obtain articles that provided information on swash, slope and wave breaking. An article was found that covered details on swash and explained its benefits. Many of the articles stated that there was information that was still not known about wave breaking: “Wave breaking in the open ocean and coastal zones remains an intriguing yet incompletely understood process, with a strong observed association with wave groups” (Jin-Bao and Banner, 2018). It created the sense that it might be hard to conduct research in the field. But by taking details from several articles we were able to gather valuable information. Since our research will require a lot of observation we were able to find an article that measures wave breaking through field observation: “The data used in this work are obtained mainly from video observations of swash excursions, coupled with wave data and beach surveys” (Passarella, 2018). Once we had enough information to create a hypothesis for the research question, "How Do Waves Differ in Big Fisherman's Cove", the hypothesis was made after careful consideration. The hypothesis is that the waves will differ the most in the area of the cove with more exposure. The area of the cove with more exposure to the dominant swell direction will receive strong waves and the area with less exposure to the dominant swell direction will receive small and weak waves.

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Nov 17th, 12:30 PM Nov 17th, 2:30 PM

How Do Waves Differ in Big Fisherman's Cove?

CREVELING 49

For our group project we will be conducting field work on Big Fisherman’s Cove on Catalina Island. Catalina Island is located off the coast of California and belongs to Los Angeles county. The beach where the research will be conducted is a rocky beach. The cove gives the area some protection from waves. The waves that will be observed and measured will be in the area accessible by foot in the inter-tidal region of the cove. The research conducted will determine if waves differ in different areas of the cove. The waves may differ on different sides of the cove. The area that is most protected by the cove and the area that is less protected may have significant differences. In order to create a hypothesis for the question, “ How do Waves Differ in Big Fisherman’s Cove?”, the group conducted online research. The group wanted to be prepared and ready to create methods to create an accurate hypothesis. By conducting the research we were able to obtain articles that provided information on swash, slope and wave breaking. An article was found that covered details on swash and explained its benefits. Many of the articles stated that there was information that was still not known about wave breaking: “Wave breaking in the open ocean and coastal zones remains an intriguing yet incompletely understood process, with a strong observed association with wave groups” (Jin-Bao and Banner, 2018). It created the sense that it might be hard to conduct research in the field. But by taking details from several articles we were able to gather valuable information. Since our research will require a lot of observation we were able to find an article that measures wave breaking through field observation: “The data used in this work are obtained mainly from video observations of swash excursions, coupled with wave data and beach surveys” (Passarella, 2018). Once we had enough information to create a hypothesis for the research question, "How Do Waves Differ in Big Fisherman's Cove", the hypothesis was made after careful consideration. The hypothesis is that the waves will differ the most in the area of the cove with more exposure. The area of the cove with more exposure to the dominant swell direction will receive strong waves and the area with less exposure to the dominant swell direction will receive small and weak waves.