New paper: New understanding of rip currents that could save lives

Here follows a press release for our recent paper on wave breaking patterns and the link to rip current risk.   Research by the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth has found a new link between breaking waves and the hazard posed by rip currents. The research provides a better understanding why some surf zone conditions

The currents that will ‘rip’ your trunks off: why don’t people see the risk?

Rip currents are a dangerous coastal hazard. A simple statement that most casual beach users would tend to agree with. Why, then, are so many of those same people ignorant of the risks posed by rip current currents? Why do many beach users, excepting perhaps experienced surfers, fail to spot the dangers and still end