Saravanan, S. and Chandrasekar, N., 2015. Wave refraction pattern and littoral sediment transport along the SE Tamilnadu coast, India.
The objective of the paper is to understand the wave refraction pattern and littoral sediment transport along the SE coast of India. There are areas of erosion and accretion observed along the coastal stretch that depend primarily the direction of wave approach, the wave period, and the wave refraction pattern. In the nearshore zone of the study area, the movement of sand alongshore is due to the action of waves and currents. Wave refraction is an important process responsible for effecting changes in coastal configuration. Based on this study, the wave convergent and divergent zones are identified with reference to wave refraction. Longshore sediment transport is higher in the northerly direction than in the southerly direction. The present study of littoral sediment transport implies that the beaches of Kanyakumari, Navaladi, and Ovari have greater transport rates.