Numerical Model for Storm Surges in Galveston Bay

by Robert O. Reid,
Bernie R. Bodine,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 33-58

Document Type: Journal Paper


A numerical scheme for computation of two-dimensional, nonlinear storm surges and tides is applied to Galveston Bay, Tex. Allowance is made for the overflow of low-lying barrier islands and for the flooding of and recession from low-lying land areas adjacent to the bay. The initial surge or tide, or both, at the seaward end of the bay outside the barrier islands is prescribed. The system has been calibrated for spring tide conditions and for the surge produced by hurricane Carla (September, 1961). Verification of the system is carried out for hurricane Cindy (September, 1963).

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Tides | Bays | Gates (hydraulic) | Storm surges | Barrier islands | Hurricanes and typhoons | Boundary element method

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