Wave overtopping

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Definition of Wave overtopping:
Wave-overtopping takes place when waves meet a submerged reef or structure, but also when waves meet an emerged reef or structure lower than the approximate wave height. During over-topping, two processes important to the coastal processes take place: wave transmission and the passing of water over the structure.
This is the common definition for Wave overtopping, other definitions can be discussed in the article
Overtopping flume.jpg Overtopping nature.jpg
Wave-overtopping of breakwater in a flume test. Wave-overtopping of breakwater in nature.

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