Storm Surge Model Sensitivity in Estuarine Areas

by Christopher D. Miller, Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc, Greenbelt, MD, USA,
Jing S. Wei, Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc, Greenbelt, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Under the auspices of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a numerical study was undertaken to determine the sensitivity of predicted storm tide levels within an estuary to hurricane storm characteristics (intensity, track, etc. ) and specification of man-made and natural features. The primary objective was to attach 'levels of significance' to the modeling components. The numerical model uses a standard grid configuration and can accommodate subgrid-scale features such as channels and barriers. Several cases were run varying the characteristics of the hurricanes and the physical make-up of the 'test basin. ' An assessment was made of the importance of these elements in contributing to the localized 100-year storm surge elevation.

Subject Headings: Storm surges | Numerical models | Estuaries | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Grid systems | Mathematical models | Physical models | Numerical analysis

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