Rip currents: Mechanisms and observations

Varjola Nelko*, Robert A. Dalrymple

*Corresponding author for this work

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Rip currents are a leading cause of drowning at beaches; therefore, understanding when these currents occur can save lives. This study uses offshore buoy data and video images to develop a predictive scheme for Ocean City, Maryland. Previous studies have shown that rip current occurrence is a function of wave conditions, bathymetry and water level. Here we include beach morphology in the form of beach stages (Wright and Short, 1984).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-900
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
StatePublished - 2009
Event31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2008 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Aug 31 2008Sep 5 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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