Galveston Bay 3D Model Study, Channel Deepening, Circulation, and Salinity Results

by R. Berger, U.S. Army Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
W. Martin, U.S. Army Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
R. McAdory, U.S. Army Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
J. Schmidt, U.S. Army Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Abstract: Galveston Bay in Texas contains the Houston Ship Channel connecting the port of Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. Due to navigational hazards, the Galveston District Corps of Engineers began proposals to enlarge the channel depth and width. The impact of increased salinity intrusion is the main concern of this project, using oysters as an indicator species. The salinity intrusion study produces salinity and velocity data which are used to drive an ecosystem model to predict oyster production. The model employed for this study is the RMA10-WES model, a Galerkin finite element model for shallow water equations.

Subject Headings: Model analysis | Three-dimensional models | Salinity | Hydrologic models | Mathematical models | Water circulation | Hydraulic models | Bays | Finite element method | Salt water intrusion | Aquatic habitats | North America | Texas | United States | Houston (Texas) | Gulf of Mexico

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