A Survey of Three-Dimensional Numerical Estuarine Models

by Ralph T. Cheng, U.S. Geological Survey, United States,
Peter E. Smith, U.S. Geological Survey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


This paper surveys the existing 3-D estuarine hydrodynamic and solute transport models by a review of the commonly used assumptions and approximations, and by an examination of the methods of solution. The model formulations, methods of solution, and known applications are surveyed and summarized in tables. In conclusion, the authors present their modeling philosophy and suggest future research needs.

Subject Headings: Geomatic surveys | Hydrologic models | Numerical models | Three-dimensional models | Surveying methods | Mathematical models | Fluid flow | Water supply systems

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