Microcomputer Analysis of Harbor Wind Drift

by Carl R. Johnson, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


A microcomputer with general-purpose spreadsheet software was used to analyze wind drift on the water surface of Quincy Bay in Boston Harbor. Wind drift is the movement of the surface layer of a water body caused by the shearing force of the wind. The objective of the analysis was to determine the frequency with which wind drift would tend to transport wastewater effluents from off-shore outfalls towards the shoreline of Quincy Bay. The analysis was performed as part of a study conducted under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Enviromental Quality Engineering, Division of Water Pollution Control. The method of analysis is described, and the use of spreadsheet software as an engineering tool is evaluated.

Subject Headings: Computer analysis | Ports and harbors | Wind engineering | Water surface | Wind forces | Water quality | Water pollution | Water resources | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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