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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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Successfully installed and run Delft3d on Amazon AWS Ubuntu 16.04 (EC2)

Paul Liu, modified 2 Years ago.

Successfully installed and run Delft3d on Amazon AWS Ubuntu 16.04 (EC2)

Youngling Posts: 10 Join Date: 2/18/14 Recent Posts

Have successfully Installed and run Delft3d on Amazon AWS Ubuntu 16.04 (EC2) or any PC
by Paul Liu (jpliu AT

I have tested the following procedures on 1)Amazon AWS EC2 Ubuntu 16.04 (Free tier);

2) an old Dell PC installed Ubuntu 16.04 desktop; 3) and an old Lenovo PC.

I downloaded and tested both trunk revision 5740 and trunk 7545.  The latest trunk revision 62441 does not work.

If you follow the following step by step, you should be able to install and run the Delft3d without a problem. Please test and see if it works for you, please let me know if nay step does not work.

Just copy and paste the following commands one by one to Terminal (1)

1.  Update and upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 system:

1)  sudo apt-get update

2)  sudo apt-get upgrade

2. Install the required compliers and programs:

1)  sudo apt-get install build-essential subversion autoconf libtool bison flex g++ gfortran libstdc++6 byacc libexpat1 libexpat1-dev  uuid-dev ruby make

2)  sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

3)  sudo apt-get install -y pkg-config

3. Now, you can go ahead to download the Delft3d, it may take up to 10-20 minutes
Please open a new Terminal(2) (u can right click your Terminal from pc or mac)

1)  cd ~; mkdir delft3d; cd delft3d;

2)  svn co trunk7545

it needs your admin passed and delft3d username and passed to download.

4. go back Terminal (1), get and install MPICH-3.2

1) cd ~; mkdir Downloads; cd Downloads   #your system may have already had a Downloads folder
2) wget
3) tar -xzf mpich-3.2.tar.gz; cd mpich-3.2
4) ./configure --prefix=/opt/mpich-3.2     # INSTALL version3.2 TO "/opt/mpich-3.2"
5)  make
8)  sudo make install; cd ..

5. Get and Install ZLIB-1.2.8
1) wget
2) tar -xzf zlib-1.2.8.tar.gz; cd zlib-1.2.8
3) ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/zlib-1.2.8
4) make
5) sudo make install; cd ..

6. Get and install HDF5
1) wget
2) tar -zxf hdf5-1.8.16.tar.gz; cd hdf5-1.8.16
3) ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/hdf5-1.8.16 --with-zlib=/usr/local/zlib-1.2.8
4) make
5) sudo make install;  cd ..

7. Get and install NetCDF-C and NetCDF-fortran

1)  wget

2)   tar -xzf v4.4.1.tar.gz; cd netcdf-c-4.4.1

3) CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/hdf5-1.8.16/include -I/usr/local/zlib-1.2.8/include -I/usr/local/netcdf4.4/include"  LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/hdf5-1.8.16/lib -L/usr/local/zlib-1.2.8/lib -L/usr/local/netcdf4.4/lib" \
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/netcdf4.4 --enable-netcdf-4 --enable-shared --enable-dap

4) make
5) sudo make install; cd ..

tar -xzf v4.4.4.tar.gz; cd netcdf-fortran-4.4.4
   CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/hdf5-1.8.16/include -I/usr/local/netcdf4.4/include"  LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/hdf5-1.8.16/lib -L/usr/local/netcdf4.4/lib" ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/netcdf4.4 --enable-shared

9) make
10) sudo make install; cd ..

8. edit the Delft3d's "" file. I hope the downloading is finished.

1) If done, in Terminal-2,
cd trunk7545/src

2) you can use "nano", "vi", or "vim" to open and edit the "" file

> vi;  or  nano

you only need to make changes in 3 places:

3) First place around line #258, under # mpich2  (see attached
if [ "$compiler" = 'gnu' ]; then
>>>>#please change #line 258-262 to:
    addpath PATH /opt/mpich-3.2/bin
    export MPI_INCLUDE=/opt/mpich-3.2/include
    export MPILIBS_ADDITIONAL="-L/opt/mpich-3.2/lib -lfmpich -lmpich -lmpl"
    # export MPILIBS_ADDITIONAL=" "
    export MPIFC=/opt/mpich-3.2/bin/mpif90

>>>>4) 2nd place #Change Line 295, THE netcdf root DIR: /usr/local/netcdf4.4 (see attached
    export NETCDFROOT=/usr/local/netcdf4.4

5) 3rd place: (see attached
#Change around line 377. --prefix="pwd"  TO --prefix=/home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin  (by doing this, and you do not need to change any example test case code, you can just run it)    
or WHEREVER you want to install.  (IF do not change here, you can copy the lnx64 folder to and under /home/Paul/delft3d/trunk/bin)

(near "# More information here:
command=" ")

>>>>#change line 377 to:

  change ./configure  --prefix='pwd'  $configureArgs &> $log \   to

  ./configure  --prefix=/home/ubuntu/delft3d/trunk7545/bin  $configureArgs &> $log \
or ./configure  --prefix=/home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin  $configureArgs &> $log \

(please make sure change your userid and trunk#)

6)***************** THAT'S ALL!!!!!****************************  #SVAE the "" file


   ./ -gnu -64bit

#(it will take 10-20 mins, you can check the log file under /logs, It should be okay if anything wrong, please see what you missed)

10. Test and run examples:
1) cd ~/delft3d/trunk7545;
2) to run the Delft3d, you need a series of right PATH and environments
# and copy the following configures into the above file editor (n

export PATH=/home/YourID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin/lnx64/flow2d3d/bin:$PATH
export PATH=/home/YourID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin/lnx64/wave/bin:$PATH
export PATH=/home/YOURid/delft3d/trunk7545/bin/lnx64/swan/scripts:$PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin/lnx64/flow2d3d/bin:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin/lnx64/wave/bin:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk7545/bin/lnx64/swan/bin:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk7445/bin/lnx64/swan/scripts:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/mpich-3.2/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export PATH=/opt/mpich-3.2/bin:$PATH

# ———

3) nano 
COPY AND edit the above text, PLEASE CHANGE THE YOURID to your id, or "ubuntu" under Amazon AWS EC2;

Save the file " " under your current trunk—  "trunk7545"
(see attached *.sh)
11. #before run any project, just run a command: "

 source /home/ubuntu/delft3d/trunk7545/

   source /home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk/

# THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT STEP. By doing this, will make all paths and libraries ready to use any where you want!!!!

If not, you will the following errors: "d_hydro ABORT: Cannot load component library "": cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"


After run " source /home/ubuntu/delft3d/trunk7545/" in your Terminal

In any anywhere (directory/folder), you can type:    wave.exe

you will see: "Usage: waves.exe <mdw-file> [mode]
       <mdw-file>: Name of the (input) mdw-file"

Congratulations!   You are ready to GO!

12. #Go to Examples or any your project

source /home/ubuntu/delft3d/trunk7545/

1)  cd /home/YOURID/delft3d/trunk/examples/01_standard
2)  ./

#Or directly run some tests:  d_hydro.exe config_d_hydro.xml

3)  flow and wave  03_flow-wave

./     or ./
 or  d_hydro.exe config_d_hydro.xml & wave.exe r17.mdw 1

or   Pa

mpirun -np 2 d_hydro.exe config_d_hydro.xml & wave.exe r17.mdw 1

Just enjoy!  If have any question, u'r welcome to contact me: jpliu AT

João Lencart e Silva, modified 2 Years ago.

RE: Successfully installed and run Delft3d on Amazon AWS Ubuntu 16.04 (EC2)

Padawan Posts: 71 Join Date: 3/30/11 Recent Posts

This is great Paul!

Have you successfully resized the machine to increase cpu/memory?



yahagi taro, modified 2 Years ago.

RE: Successfully installed and run Delft3d on Amazon AWS Ubuntu 16.04 (EC2)

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 11/7/18 Recent Posts

Excellent! Successfully installed by following this instruction.