Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Phipps, A. G.,


Physical Geography.




Sediment accumulation rates were estimated in the nearshore zone of Point Pelee. Five cylindrical sediment traps were designed and installed in nearshore locations at various depths. The traps were sampled bi-weekly for a period of four months during the summer of 1988. The contents were weighed, analyzed and compared with the results of a computer program which predicted wave height and wave period on Lake Erie. Initially, the traps were a reasonable means to estimate sediment accumulation rates. The results coincided with previous theories that the west shore of Point Pelee was responsible for more sediment transport than the east shore was. However, the wave program was found to underestimate considerably nearshore conditions due to deepwater wave assumptions implicit in the model. Sediment traps were found to be useful for investigating sediment accumulations. However, the results could only by related to trends in increasing wave height and wave period and not to actual amounts of sediment present as a result of unknown underestimation by the wave program. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .L533. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0685. Chairman: A. G. Phipps. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.