Three-Dimensional Model of a Stratified Estuary—St. Andrew Bay System, Florida

by T. S. Wu, Northwest Florida Water Management, District, Havana, United States,
W. K. Jones, Northwest Florida Water Management, District, Havana, United States,
J. A. Rodriquez, Northwest Florida Water Management, District, Havana, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A three-dimensional modal is applied to a northwest Florida estuary to provide the initial insights into the circulation and flushing patterns of the system. The model, developed by the Rand Corporation (Liu and Leendertse, 1979) and modified by the NWFWMD (Rodriguez and Wu, 1990) uses a finite difference method on a 500 m horizontal grid with eight vertical layers. Four tidal openings as well as river inflows provided the forcing. The model also simulated the fate of a point source discharge as well as the ability for the system to flush itself.

Subject Headings: Three-dimensional models | Water stratification | Bays | Computer models | Hydrologic models | Mathematical models | Water circulation | Three-dimensional analysis | Simulation models | Estuaries | North America | Florida | United States

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