Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Publications: UM-SG-RS-2011-08


Rip current prediction at Ocean City, Maryland.




Varjola, N; Dalrymple, RA


Leatherman, S; Fletemeyer, J, eds. Rip Currents: Beach Safety, Physical Oceanography, and Wave Modeling. CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group. Chapter 3:45-57


Several methods have been developed in recent years to predict rip currents at beaches in order to reduce risks to bathers (Lushine, 1991; Lascody, 1998). When the predicted risk is high, warnings are issued by the National Weather Service to increase public awareness and alert lifeguards. This chapter examines these models and presents a new rip current prediction methodology based on readily available environmental data on waves and tides for Ocean City, Maryland.

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