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Rip Currents

Beach Safety, Physical Oceanography, and Wave Modeling, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Leatherman, John Fletemeyer

CRC Press

310 pages | 152 B/W Illus.

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Rip Currents: Beach Safety, Physical Oceanography, and Wave Modeling is the culmination of research from over 100 coastal scientists, engineers, forecast meteorologists, lifeguard chiefs, and other practitioners from around the world who participated in the 1st International Rip Current Symposium. These experts identify advancements in research that will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics, mechanisms, and predictability of these dangerous currents, and lower the number of rip current drownings.

Edited by Stephen Leatherman and John Fletemeyer, the book covers:

  • The full spectrum of rip current research and outreach initiatives on all four U.S. coasts (Atlantic, Gulf, Pacific, and Great Lakes) as well as the countries of Brazil, U.K., Japan, and Australia
  • Scientific techniques used to study rip currents including field investigation and numerical modeling
  • Field research involving the use of water-based sensors, video technology, and remote sensing
  • The development of public education programs through various outreach programs and campaigns as well as an evaluation of their overall effectiveness

Rip Currents’ sixteen chapters run the gamut from technical aspects of rip currents to beach safety management strategies. Whether dealing with determining rip current occurrence, hydrodynamic processes, prediction, or mitigating rip current hazards to enhance beach safety, each chapter provides a vignette that is distinct in its own right but also linked to or integrated with other chapters in the book. This comprehensive treatment presents an integrated, international perspective on a coastal process that is only now becoming better understood by the scientific community, and which has great importance to public safety on the world's beaches.

Table of Contents

Future Challenges for Rip Current Research and Outreach

Robert W. Brander and Jamie H. MacMahan

Flash Rip Currents on Ocean Shoreline of Long Island, New York

Michael P. Slattery, Henry Bokuniewicz, and Paul Gayes

Rip Current Prediction at Ocean City, Maryland

Varjola Nelko and Robert A. Dalrymple

Analysis of Rip Current Rescues at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Greg Dusek, Harvey Seim, Jeff Hanson, and David Elder

Methodology for Prediction of Rip Currents Using a Three-Dimensional Numerical, Coupled, Wave Current Model

George Voulgaris, Nirnimesh Kumar, and John C. Warner

Surf Zone Hazards: Rip Currents and Waves

Robert G. Dean and R. J. Thieke

Florida Rip Current Deaths: Forecasts and Statistics

James B. Lushine

Remote Sensing Applied to Rip Current Forecasts and Identification

Brian K. Haus

Effectiveness of Panama City Beach Safety Program

John R. Fletemeyer

Meteorological Data Analysis of Rip Current Drowning

Charles H. Paxton

Rip Current Hazards at Pensacola Beach, Florida

Chris Houser, Nicole Caldwell, and Klaus Meyer-Arendt

Rip Currents in the Great Lakes: An Unfortunate Truth

Guy Meadows, Heidi Purcell, David Guenther, Lorelle Meadows, Ronald E. Kinnunen, and Gene Clark

Beach Safety Management in Brazil

Lauro J. Calliari, Antonio Henrique da F. Klein, Miguel da G. Albuquerque, and Onir Mocellin

Rip Current Hazards on Large-Tidal Beaches in the United Kingdom

Timothy M. Scott, Paul Russell, Gerd Masselink, M. J. Austin, S. Wills, and A. Wooler

Tracing Sand Movement in Strong Japanese Rip Currents

Nicholas C. Kraus

Rip Currents: Terminology and Pro-Active Beach Safety

Stephen P. Leatherman

About the Editors

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, has authored/edited 16 books on coastal science, including one on beach safety published by Yale University Press in 2003. He holds his doctorate in coastal environmental sciences from the University of Virginia (1976).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems