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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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How to change the base level?

Lucas porto, modified 4 Years ago.

How to change the base level?

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 2/7/17 Recent Posts
In my simulation, the initial biomass is smaller than the base level, this base level is used in stead, but it is too big. Empirically it was found that using a base level of 1 percent of the potential maximum generally results in realistic species shifts in the model. But I would like to decrease this base level, is it possible?

Thank you
Denise Denise, modified 2 Months ago.

RE: How to change the base level?

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 12/11/20 Recent Posts
If the base level falls below the continental shelf, rivers may form a plain of braided rivers until headward erosion penetrates enough inland from the shelfbreak.
Base level change may be related to the following factors:
  1. Sea level change <!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--> login 
  2. Tectonic movement.
  3. River capture.
  4. Extensive sedimentation.