Some Remarks on Computer Modeling of Coastal Flows

by Hugo B. Fischer, (M.ASCE), Prof.of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 4, Pg. 395-406

Document Type: Journal Paper


Limitations on ability of numerical models to model flow and dispersion of pollutants in coastal areas due to fundamental limitations in knowledge of exchange coefficients are covered. Specific limitations result from effects of stratification on control of flow and mixing rates, and from lack of understanding of the transverse exchange process. Examples of specific computer models are given, with emphasis on why some models give reliable results despite the limitations previously mentioned.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Numerical models | Coastal environment | Pollutants | Flow control | Flow rates

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