1st Edition

Rip Currents Beach Safety, Physical Oceanography, and Wave Modeling

Edited By Stephen Leatherman, John Fletemeyer Copyright 2011
    310 Pages 152 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    310 Pages 152 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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


    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).