Glossary of Terms
The time for a wave crest to traverse a distance equal to one wavelength. The time for two successive wave crests to pass a fixed point.
The transmission of waves through water.
Diagram showing the long-term distribution of wave height and direction.
Super elevation of the water surface over normal surge elevation due to onshore mass transport of the water by wave action alone.
That part of an incident wave that is returned seaward when a wave impinges on a steep beach, barrier, or other reflecting surface.
Lands whose saturation with water is the dominant factor determining the nature of soil development and the types of plant and animal communities that live in the soil and on its surface (e.g. Mangrove forests).
A structure built on the shore of a harbor, river, or canal, so that vessels may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers
Diagram showing the long-term distribution of wind speed and direction.
A wind blowing seaward from the land in a coastal area.
Unicellular, symbiotic algae living within coral polyps that produce food for their hosts by photosynthesis and help efficiently recycle low-levels of nutrients.