Classification of Models of Tidal Waters

by Jon B. Hinwood, Sr. Lect.; Dept. of Mech. Engrg., Monash Univ., Clayton, Australia,
Ian G. Wallis, Project Engr.; Caldwell Connell Engrs., Melbourne, Australia,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 10, Pg. 1315-1331

Document Type: Journal Paper


A classification scheme is presented for numerical models of water and waste movement in tidal bays and estuaries. This classification is based on the number of spatial dimensions, the reference frame used, temporal resolution obtainable and the degree to which hydrodynamic processes are included. Newly developed models can easily be fitted into the scheme. With this classification scheme, different models may be assessed and compared on the basis of their theoretical assumptions. To select a model for a particular task, a sequence of questions may be answered and from the answers the appropriate type of model may be selected. The classification table then indicates the models available to meet the requirements of the particular physical situation.

Subject Headings: Tides | Hydrologic models | Numerical models | Physical models | Waste management | Bays | Estuaries | Frames

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