Wave runup is the elevation of the sea level produced by waves at the shoreline. It is an important component of coastal inundation and coastal erosion processes, especially during extreme conditions when it is combined to high tidal levels and large storm surges.
Because of the coastal hazards implications, predicting runup has been a topic of great research interest and there are many formulas available in the literature. The main factors affecting runup values are certainly related to the processes occurring inside the surf zone. Wave dissipation and non-linear interactions lead to energy transfers that will have great influence on the observed runup level. Those processes are dependent on the incident wave energy but are also strongly affected by the nearshore bathymetry. We are currently working to improve our understanding of the processes that trigger runup oscillations so we can improve predictions.
Several field and laboratory experiments have been carried out over the past decades, and many predictors have been developed. Here, we have compiled published data of runup, wave and beach parameters. Please use and let us know if more data is available. We would like the data to be available to the community and make it easy for people to use it.
A very incomplete list of papers (in random order):
And some old good papers (for consistency, also this list is incomplete and in random order):
Contact: Paula Gomes da Silva, firstname.lastname@example.org
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