Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McAnally, William H.

Committee Member

Martin, James L.

Committee Member

Berger, Rutherford C.

Committee Member

Douglass, Scott

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


The purpose of this work is to generate a shore profile algorithm to be used in estuaries dominated by fine sediments. Numerical models are continually evolving to enhance the overall accuracy of results. However, the typical shore profile is defined as a vertical wall. This work defines the shore as a nonlinear profile which will provide more realistic models. A variety of shore profile equations were examined and tested against a field site, Weeks Bay, Alabama. The most applicable, an equation by S. C. Lee, was modified in order to calculate the entire shore profile length. The distance from the land-water interface to the depth at which sedimentation is negligible can now be modeled with a single equation. Recommendations for the practical aspect of implementation into a numerical model are also considered.