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Lefebvre, A et al. (2011): Spectral analysis of seabed elevation from the Danish Wadden Sea. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.770136,
Supplement to: Lefebvre, Alice; Ernstsen, Verner Brandbyge; Winter, Christian (2011): Bedform characterization throuth 2D spectral analysis. (Proceedings of the 11th International Coastal Symposium), Szczecin, Poland, ISSN 0749-0208, Journal of Coastal Research, Sl 64, 781-785, hdl:10013/epic.38582.d008
Bedforms both reflect and influence shallow water hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics. A correct characterization of their spatial distribution and dimensions is required for the understanding, assessment and prediction of numerous coastal processes. A method to parameterize geometrical characteristics using two-dimensional (2D) spectral analysis is presented and tested on seabed elevation data from the Knudedyb tidal inlet in the Danish Wadden Sea, where large compound bedforms are found. The bathymetric data were divided into 20x20 m areas on which a 2D spectral analysis was applied. The most energetic peak of the 2D spectrum was found and its energy, frequency and direction were calculated. A power-law was fitted to the average of slices taken through the 2D spectrum; its slope and y-intercept were calculated. Using these results the test area was morphologically classified into 4 distinct morphological regions. The most energetic peak and the slope and intercept of the power-law showed high values above the crest of the primary bedforms and scour holes, low values in areas without bedforms, and intermediate values in areas with secondary bedforms. The secondary bedform dimensions and orientations were calculated. An area of 700x700 m was used to determine the characteristics of the primary bedforms. However, they were less distinctively characterized compared to the secondary bedforms due to relatively large variations in their orientations and wavelengths. The method is thus appropriate for morphological classification of the seabed and for bedform characterization, being most efficient in areas characterized by bedforms with regular dimensions and directions.
Median Latitude: 55.314657 * Median Longitude: 8.506722 * South-bound Latitude: 55.310274 * West-bound Longitude: 8.497136 * North-bound Latitude: 55.318952 * East-bound Longitude: 8.516705
Knudedyb * * Latitude: 55.315000 * Longitude: 8.497000 * Location: Vesterhavet, Denmark *
Latitude/longitude are given in WGS84.
An overview map of the data is available at hdl:10013/epic.38582.d007
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethodComment
1LATITUDE *LatitudeGeocode
2LONGITUDE *LongitudeGeocode
3UTM Northing, Universal Transverse Mercator *UTM northmLefebvre, Alice *
4UTM Easting, Universal Transverse Mercator *UTM eastmLefebvre, Alice *
5UTM Zone, Universal Transverse Mercator *UTM ZoneLefebvre, Alice *
6Wavelength *WavelengthmLefebvre, Alice *of the seabed features in metres
7Direction *DirectiondegLefebvre, Alice *of the seabed features
8Height *hmLefebvre, Alice *rms of the box of seabed elevation
9Spectral energy *Spec EdBLefebvre, Alice *of the peak in the 2D spectrum
10Spectral exponent *Spec expLefebvre, Alice *slope of the power-law fit
11Spectral strength *Spec strm4Lefebvre, Alice *y-intercept of the power-law fit
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