Hydrodynamic Response of an Estuary to Storm Forcing

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by Christopher D. Miller, Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: Previous work on the response/sensitivity of an estuarine hydrodynamic model to the choice of model parameters is extended to include a preliminary consideration of wind-generated waves. Waves, in conjunction with currents, provide a mechanism for stirring and transporting sediment and enhancing vertical mixing. In addition waves amplify the hazard created by storm-related water levels and currents. Establishing the coincidence of high waves, water levels and currents is important for evaluating the total hazard locally within an estuary. This paper addresses the issue of waves within an estuary and provides a conceptual framework for combining the wave impacts with other storm-related effects.

Subject Headings: Water waves | Estuaries | Hydrologic models | Storm surges | Hydrodynamics | Stormwater management | Water level | Parameters (statistics) |

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