Tide and Hurricane Storm Surge Computations for the Western North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

by Joannes J. Westerink, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, United States,
Julia C. Muccino, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, United States,
Richard A. Luettich, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Abstract: The development of a finite element (FE) model to study tides and hurricane storm surge in the Western North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico is discussed. Issues that are emphasized include the definition of hydrodynamically simple open ocean boundary conditions; the use of large domains; the importance of a high degree of grid resolution in coastal regions; the use of meshes with highly varying nodal densities in order to minimize the size of the discrete problem; and the use of the Generalized Wave-Continuity Equation (GWCE) for FE based solutions to the shallow water equations.

Subject Headings: Storm surges | Tides | Hurricanes and typhoons | Developing countries | Gulfs | Finite element method | Computing in civil engineering | Wave equations | Model analysis | Gulf of Mexico

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