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Data Brief. 2017 Jun 3;13:306-311. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2017.05.052. eCollection 2017 Aug.

Data on nearshore wave process and surficial beach deposits, central Tamil Nadu coast, India.

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Centre for GeoTechnology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli 627012, Tamil Nadu, India.
Akshaya College of Engineering and Technology, Kinathukadavu, Coimbatore 642109, Tamil Nadu, India.


The chronicles of nearshore morphology and surficial beach deposits provide valuable information about the nature of the beach condition and the depositional environment. It imparts an understanding about the spatial and temporal relationship of nearshore waves and its influence over the distribution of beach sediments. This article contains data about wave and sediment dynamics of the ten sandy beaches along the central Tamil Nadu coast, India. This present dataset comprises nearshore wave parameters, breaker wave type, beach morphodynamic state, grain size distribution and weight percentage of heavy and light mineral distribution. The dataset will figure out the beach morphology and hydrodynamic condition with respect to the different monsoonal season. This will act as a field reference to realize the coastal dynamics in an open sea condition. The nearshore entities were obtained from the intensive field survey between January 2011 and December 2011, while characteristics of beach sediments are examined by the chemical process in the laboratory environment.


Beach; Grain size; India; Nearshore; Placer minerals; Wave

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