Modeling Nearshore Currents in the Vicinity of the Endicott Causeway, Alaskaby Peter Hamilton, Applications Int Corp, Raleigh, United States,
Abstract: The Endicott Causeway connects two oil production islands on the southern side of Stefansson Sound, about 5 km offshore of the Sagavanirktok River delta, to the mainland of the Alaskan North Slope. The circulation was simulated with a two-dimensional, vertically integrated, tidal storm-surge model which reproduced well the observed wind-forced currents. Correlation coefficients between simulated and observed currents range from 0.7 to 0.9. Simulations without the Causeway showed that disturbances by the structure were confined to the Lagoon, a protected area between the Causeway and the delta coast, and about 1 to 2 km seaward of the structure.
Subject Headings: Causeways | Nearshore | Coastal protection structures | Two-dimensional models | Sea water | Oceanography | Lagoons | Flow simulation | Rivers and streams | North America | Alaska | United States
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