Estuarine, Shelf, and Ocean Hydrodynamic Modelling Approaches

by Richard A. Schmalz, Jr., Estuarine and Ocean Physics Branch, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


Estuarine, shelf, and ocean hydrodynamic modelling approaches are presented in order to explore the development of a coordinated set of models to describe the complex interactions between the shelf and estuarine circulations and between the shelf and deep ocean. The hydrodynamic equations and boundary conditions are considered for estuarine circulation. Necessary modifications to these equations and boundary conditions for application to shelf and limited areas of the deep ocean encompassing western boundary currents are examined. An initial approach is outlined for the development of a coordinated model set and model coupling issues are briefly considered in the concluding section.

Subject Headings: Structural models | Estuaries | Ocean engineering | Hydrodynamics | Hydrologic models | Boundary conditions | Water circulation | River flow

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