Wave setup
Definition of Wave setup:
Elevation of the mean water level at the shoreline due to wave breaking in the surf zone.
This is the common definition for Wave setup, other definitions can be discussed in the article

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Wave transformation in shallow water generates changes in the mean water level, called setup for an upward change and setdown for a downward change. The changes in mean sea level are related to the socalled radiation stress. The radiation stress is defined as the flow of momentum due to wave orbital motions. Gradients in the radiation stress induce an effective momentum transfer from wave motion to steady motion that takes place when the wave amplitude changes along the direction of propagation (see for further explanations Shallowwater wave theory#Radiation Stress (Momentum Flux)). Wave setdown [math]\eta_d[/math] occurs in the shoaling zone where the wave amplitude increases; wave wetup [math]\eta_u[/math] occurs in the surf zone where the wave amplitude decreases. Analytical expressions of the wave setdown at the breakpoint and the wave setup at the shoreline can be derived for a monochromatic wave, see Shallowwater wave theory#Wave setdown and setup:
[math]\eta_u \approx \frac{\gamma}{16} H_b , \qquad \eta_u \approx \eta_d +\frac{3 \gamma}{8} H_b \approx \frac{5 \gamma}{16} H_b, \qquad (1)[/math]
where [math]\gamma = H_b/h_b[/math] is the breaker index (values in the range 0.51.2), [math]H_b[/math] is the wave height at the breakpoint and [math]h_b[/math] the depth at the breakpoint (see Fig. 1).
The numerous assumptions underlying Eq. (1) limit its practical usefulness. Besides monochromatic waves and applicability of shallowwater wave theory, other assumptions are:
 a constant shoreface seabed slope [math]m = \tan\beta[/math], i.e. depth [math]h(x) = m \, x[/math];
 shallow water, [math]2kh_b \lt 1[/math] ([math]k=2 \pi / L[/math] is the wave number);
 depthlimited wave amplitude [math]H/h=\gamma \;[/math] throughout the surf zone (saturated wave breaking);
 wave skewness and asymmetry can be ignored;
 roller energy of breaking waves can be ignored;
 no momentum loss through dissipation at the seabed.
Numerical modeling shows that neglecting momentum dissipation at the seabed (mainly momentum dissipation related to the undertow current) yields an underprediction of the wave setup^{[1]}.
In practice, empirical formulas derived from field and laboratory measurements are often used for determining the wave setup. Many different formulas can be found in the literature^{[2]}. Most of these formulas relate the wave setup to the offshore significant wave height [math]H_s[/math], the deepwater wave length [math]L = g T^2 \ /2 \pi[/math] and the average surf zone bed slope [math]m=\tan \beta[/math].
Several field measurements ^{[3]}^{[4]}^{[5]} report values compatible with Eq. (1):
[math]\eta_u \approx 0.16 H_s . \qquad (2)[/math]
A popular formula for the wave setup is^{[6]}^{[7]}^{[8]}
[math]\eta_u= C \, H_s \, \xi = C \, m \, \sqrt{H_s\, L}, \qquad (3)[/math]
where [math]\xi=m/ \sqrt{H_s/L}[/math] is the surf similarity parameter . The constant [math]C[/math] can take values in the range 0.15 – 0.4.
Other empirical formulas differ from Eq. (3) especially regarding the dependence on the surf zone slope [math]m[/math], either by no dependence on [math]m[/math]^{[9]} or by an inverse relationship with [math]m[/math]^{[4]}^{[10]}.
The great diversity of empirical formulas and associated values for the wave setup illustrates the limitations inherent to simple parameterizations of the shoreface. The shoreface bathymetry is highly variable and differs greatly among coasts, even among nearby locations. Complex bathymetries are ubiquitous due to the presence of nearshore sandbars and other rhythmic shoreline features. Accurate estimates of the wave setup require insitu observations or detailed numerical models.
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References
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 ↑ Guza, R.T. and Thornton, E.B. 1981. Wave setup on a natural beach. J. Geophys. Res. 86: 4133–4137
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