A Finite Element Model for Three-Dimensional Flows Along the West Coast of Vancouver Island

by M. G. G. Foreman, Inst of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada,
R. E. Thomson, Inst of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada,
D. R. Lynch, Inst of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada,
R. A. Walters, Inst of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


Extensive salinity and temperature measurements taken during June 1984 are used to calculate a three-dimensional density field for the west coast of Vancouver Island. Combining this field with average observed winds and estimated mean flows along the open boundaries, three-dimensional velocities are calculated diagnostically using a `wave equation' finite element technique. Results are compared with observed currents. Differences from both the homogeneous, and traditional dynamic height, solutions are discussed.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Three-dimensional models | Three-dimensional flow | Coastal environment | Islands | Flow measurement | Temperature measurement | Wave measurement | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

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