Coastal Facilities

Aspects of coastal facilities design and operation which are most heavily impacted
by metocean considerations are:

  • Shipping channel design
  • Jetty & wharf design
  • Breakwaters
  • Coastal protection
  • Effluent dispersion
  • Onshore plant design
  • Atmospheric emission dispersion

The principal metocean requirements for these applications may be itemised as follows:

Shipping Channels

  • ambient winds, waves, currents and water levels
  • swell climate
  • sediment dynamics
  • under keel clearance

Jetty & Wharves

  • ambient winds, waves, currents and water levels
  • swell climate
  • exposure to infragravity waves
  • extreme water levels (to set deck elevations)
  • extreme winds, waves and currents (pile loadings)

Breakwaters & Coastal Protection

  • ambient waves and swell
  • extreme waves and water levels
  • currents & sediment dynamics
  • harbour flushing

Effluent Dispersion

  • ambient waves & currents
  • water temperatures

Onshore Plant & Atmospheric Emissions

  • meteorological conditions
  • extreme winds
  • rainfall intensities