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Coast / Estuary

Coastal systems are among the most dynamic physical systems on earth and are subject to a large variety of forces. The morphodynamic changes occurring to coastlines worldwide are of great interest and importance. These changes occur as a result of the erosion of sediments, its subsequent transport as bed load or suspended load, and eventual deposition. 
Estuaries are partly enclosed water bodies that have an open connection to the coast. Estuaries generally have one or more branching channels, intertidal mudflats and/or salt marshes. Intertidal areas are of high ecological importance and trap sediments (sands, silts, clays and organic matter).
Within the Delft3D modelling package a large variation of coastal and estuarine physical and chemical processes can be simulated. These include waves, tidal propagation, wind- or wave-induced water level setup, flow induced by salinity or temperature gradients, sand and mud transport, water quality and changing bathymetry (morphology). Delft3D can also be used operationally e.g. storm, surge and algal bloom forecasting. 
On this discussion page you can post questions, research discussions or just share your experience about modelling coastal and/or estuarine systems with Delft3D FM. 




Sub groups
D-Flow Flexible Mesh
Cohesive sediments & muddy systems



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xBeach wave boundary from Wave Watch Model

Venkat Kolluru, modified 2 Years ago.

xBeach wave boundary from Wave Watch Model

Youngling Posts: 7 Join Date: 1/6/13 Recent Posts

I am setting up a coastal region xBeach model to get near zone wave kinematics and also long shore current etc.
I made a curvilinear grid with back region as land and front region as wave boundary. At the wave boundary I am trying to apply WWIII results.
I have deep water wave period, direction and height from WWW III model for every 3 hours (downloaded from NOAA website). From the xBeach manual the closest boundary type
I came across to set this up is to use Jonswap spatial and time varying condition.

Wave direction is 270 (from North, nautical convention) and with s value (spreading parameter) set at 16.0, model says 50% of wave energy is directed outside the model domain.
I want to target all the wave energy along 270 degree orientation. What values I should set for spreading and gamma variables in jonswap function so that energy is directed along the wave direction.

If this approach is incorrect, can you please suggest as how I can implement WW III (wave height, period and direction values) deep water output as boundary condition in xBeach model.

arun svv, modified 1 Month ago.

RE: xBeach wave boundary from Wave Watch Model

Youngling Posts: 11 Join Date: 4/22/15 Recent Posts

Did you get it?