A vertically averaged spectral model for tidal circulation in estuaries

Water-Resources Investigations Report 88-4126
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A frequency dependent computer model based on the two-dimensional vertically averaged shallow-water equations is described for general purpose application in tidally dominated embayments. This model simulates the response of both tides and tidal currents to user-specified geometries and boundary conditions. The mathematical formulation and practical application of the model are discussed in detail. Salient features of the model include the ability to specify: (1) stage at the open boundaries as well as within the model grid, (2) velocities on open boundaries (river inflows and so forth), (3) spatially variable wind stress, and (4) spatially variable bottom friction. Using harmonically analyzed field data as boundary conditions, this model can be used to make real time predictions of tides and tidal currents. (USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A vertically averaged spectral model for tidal circulation in estuaries
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 88-4126
DOI 10.3133/wri884126
Edition -
Year Published 1989
Language ENGLISH
Publisher Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Books and Open-File Reports Section [distributor],
Contributing office(s) Pacific Regional Director's Office, San Francisco Bay-Delta
Description iv, 31 p. :ill. ;28 cm.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N