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                                  INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THIS DATABASE

This database comprises wave, beach and runup parameters measured on different beaches around the world. It is a compilation of data published in previous works, with the aim of making all data available in one single repository. 

More information about methods of data acquisition and data processing can be found in the original papers that describe each experiment. To know how to cite each of the dataset provided here, please check section 3. Please make sure to cite the appropriate publication when using the data. Collecting the data is hard work and needs to be acknowledged. 

1. Files content:

All data files contain the same structure:

  • Column 1 – R2%: 2-percent exceedance value for runup [m]
  • Column 2 – Set: setup [m]
  • Column 3 – Stt: total swash excursion [m]
  • Column 4 – Sinc: incident swash [m]
  • Column 5 – Sig: infragravity swash [m]
  • Column 6 – Hs*: significant deep-water wave height [m]  
  • Column 7 – Tp: peak wave period [s]
  • Column 8 – tanβ: foreshore beach slope
  • Column 9 – D50**: Median sediment size [mm]

NaN values may be found when the data were not available in the original dataset.

* Hs values from field measurements were deshoaled from the depth of measurement to a depth equals to 80m, assuming normal approach and linear theory (we followed the approach presented in Stockdon et al., where great care is paid to make the data comparable).

**D50 values were obtained from reports and papers describing the beaches.

2. List of datasets

  • Stockdon et al. 2006: Data recompiled from 10 experiments carried out in 6 beaches (US and NL coasts). Files name correspond to the beach and year of the experiment: Original data: available using the link
  • Senechal et al. 2011: This dataset comprises the measurements carried out in Truc Vert beach, France. The files’ names include the name of the beach and the year of the experiment. Original data: a table with the full content of the parameters measured during the experiment can be found in Senechal et al. (2011).
  • Guedes et al. 2011: This dataset comprehends data measured at Tairua beach (New Zeland coast). The files’ names indicate the name of the beach and the year of the experiment.  Original data: this web.
  • Guedes et al. 2013: This dataset comprehends data measured at Ngarunui beaches (Raglan - New Zeland coast). The files’ names represent that name of the beach and the year of the experiment. Original data: this web.
  • Gomes da Silva et al. 2018: Dataset measured during two field campaigns in Somo beach, Spain, in 2016 and 2017. The files names represent that name of the beach and the year of the experiment. Original data:
  • Power et al. 2019: Dataset compiled from previous works, comprising field and laboratory measurements:  Poate et al. (2016): field, Nicolae-Lerma et al. (2016): field, Atkinson et al. (2017): field, Mase (1989): Laboratory, Baldock and Huntley (2002): Laboratory, Howe (2016): Laboratory. Original data: (Supplementary Data)

The table of available parameters in each dataset is unable to be present, please refer to the read me file in the dataset for more information.


3. Citations

- Datasets:

  • Stockdon, H.F., and Holman, R.A. (2011) Observations of wave runup, setup, and swash on natural beaches: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 602.
  • Gomes da Silva, P.; Medina, R.; González, M. Garnier, R. (2018). Observations of wave, runup and beach characteristics during the MUSCLE-Beach experiments. Mendeley Data, v4.

- Papers:

  • Stockdon, H.F.; Holman, R.A.; Hownd, P.A.; Sallenger Jr., A.H. (2006). Empirical parameterization of setup, swash and runup. Coastal Engineering. 53(7): 573-588.
  • Senechal, N.; Coco, G.; Bryan, K. And Holman, H. (2011). Wave runup during extreme storm conditions. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116 (C7).
  • Guedes, R. M. C., Bryan, K. R., Coco, G., and Holman R. A. (2011). The effects of tides on swash statistics on an intermediate beach, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C04008,
  • Guedes, R. M. C., Bryan, K. R., and Coco, G. (2012). Observations of alongshore variability of swash motions on an intermediate beach, Cont. Shelf Res., 48, 61–74,
  • Guedes, R. M. C., Bryan, K. R., and Coco, G. (2013). Observations of wave energy fluxes and swash motions on a low-sloping, dissipative beach, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 3651–3669,
  • Gomes da Silva, P.; Medina, R.; González, M. Garnier, R. (2018). Infragravity swash parameterization on beaches: the role of the profile shape and the beach morphodynamics conditions. Coastal Engineering, 136: 41-55.
  • Power, H.; Gharabaghi, B.; Bonakdari, H.; Robertson, H.; Atkinson, A.; Baldock, T.E. (2019). Prediction of wave runup on beaches using Gene-Expression programming and empirical relationships. Coastal Engineering. 144: 46-61.
  • Poate, T. G., McCall, R. T., and Masselink, G. (2016). A new parameterisation for runup on gravel beaches. Coastal Engineering. 117: 176-190.
  • Nicolae Lerma, A., Pedreros, R., Robinet, A., Senechal, N. (2017). Simulating wave setup and runup during storm conditions on a complex barred beach. Coastal Engineering. 123: 29-41.
  • Atkinson, A. L., Power, H. E., Moura, T., Hammond, T., Callaghan, D. P., and Baldock, T. E. (2017). Assessment of runup predictions by empirical models on non-truncated beaches on the south-east Australian coast. Coastal Engineering. 119: 15-31.
  • Mase, H. (1989). Random wave runup height on gentle slope. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. 115(5): 649-661.
  • Baldock, T. E., and Huntley, D. A. (2002). Long-wave forcing by the breaking of random gravity waves on a beach: Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 458(2025): 2177-2201.
  • Howe, D. (2016). Bed shear stress under wave runup on steep slopes, PhD Thesis, Water Research Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW