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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. 




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D-Flow Flexible Mesh
Cohesive sediments & muddy systems



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Tidal Range Problem

Anisul Haque, modified 7 Years ago.

Tidal Range Problem

1. The model tidal range is significantly lower than the measurement at the mouth of an estuary. The open sea boudary is specified in the deep sea with the generated tidal time series and the upstream boudaries are specified as discharges of the estuaries. How to increase the simulated tidal range ? With which parameter(s) ?

2. Is there any way for the user to specify the Coriolis Acceleration ?
Adri Mourits, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: Tidal Range Problem

Yoda Posts: 1221 Join Date: 1/3/11 Recent Posts
Hi Anisul,

I'll answer your second question:
There are three ways to take Coriolis force into account:
  • If your model is defined using spherical coordinates, the Coriolis term is taken into account automatically.
  • If you use Cartesian coordinates you can specify the latitude of your model centre by adding the following line to the mdf-file:
    Anglat= 5.5000000e+001
    . The related Coriolis force will be spatially constant.
  • If you use Cartesian coordinates, you can prescribe a space varying Coriolis force. See section "B.4 Space varying Coriolis coefficients" in the manual.