Predicting tidal currents in San Francisco Bay using a spectral model

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This paper describes the formulation of a spectral (or frequency based) model which solves the linearized shallow water equations. To account for highly variable basin bathymetry, spectral solutions are obtained using the finite element method which allows the strategic placement of the computation points in the specific areas of interest or in areas where the gradients of the dependent variables are expected to be large. Model results are compared with data using simple statistics to judge overall model performance in the San Francisco Bay estuary. Once the model is calibrated and verified, prediction of the tides and tidal currents in San Francisco Bay is accomplished by applying astronomical tides (harmonic constants deduced from field data) at the prediction time along the model boundaries.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Predicting tidal currents in San Francisco Bay using a spectral model
ISBN 0872626709; 0872626709
Year Published 1988
Language English
Publisher Publ by ASCE
Publisher location New York, NY, United States
Contributing office(s) San Francisco Bay-Delta, Pacific Regional Director's Office
First page 634
Last page 639
Conference Title Hydraulic Engineering: Proceedings of the 1988 National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
Conference Location Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Conference Date 8 August 1988 through 12 August 1988
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