Modeling Circulation and Salinity Transport in the Indian River Lagoon

by M. Z. Moustafa, South Florida Water Management, District, West Palm Beach, United States,
J. M. Hamrick, South Florida Water Management, District, West Palm Beach, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Abstract: This paper presents preliminary results form a hydrodynamic and salinity transport modeling study of a section of the Indian River Lagoon near Melbourne, FL. The study is motivated by the need to develop management strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of high fresh water inflow events and accompanying low salinities on the economically important shellfish industry in the study area. The paper includes a summary of the field data collection program and a discussion of forcing and response characteristics of the model calibration data set which includes a high fresh water inflow event followed by an approximately 30 cm drop in surface elevation in the lagoon over a 10 day period. Preliminary results for the calibration simulation are then presented followed a discussion of methodologies to be used in compensating for deficiencies in the calibration data set.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Lagoons | Rivers and streams | Data processing | Salinity | Water circulation | Model analysis | Calibration | Data collection | Salt water | North America | Florida | United States

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