Boundary Fitted Estuarine Water Quality Model

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by Malcolm L. Spaulding, Univ of Rhode Island, United States,
Shin J. Liang, Univ of Rhode Island, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Abstract: A two-dimensional, vertically-averaged boundary fitted coordinate pollutant transport model was developed for application to estuarine and coastal sea regions. The governing convective-diffusion was solved on a space-staggered grid system using a simple forward-in-time, center-in-space, explicit finite difference algorithm. The computational characteristics and accuracy of the model were tested by comparing the numerical results with corresponding analytic solutions for a series of test cases. The pollutant transport model was applied to predict the fecal coliform discharged from sewage treatment plant and combined sewer overflow releases in Mt. Hope Bay; a small urban estuary located on the eastern side of Narragansett Bay.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Water quality | Water pollution | Pollutants | Estuaries | Two-dimensional models | Domain boundary | Advection |

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