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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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Use of Neuman boundary type

simon weppe, modified 7 Years ago.

Use of Neuman boundary type

Youngling Posts: 14 Join Date: 3/28/12 Recent Posts
Hi All,

As specified quite clearly in the FLOW user manual :

"Neumann boundaries can only be applied on cross-shore boundaries in combination
with a water level boundary at the o ffshore boundary, which is needed to make the solution
of the mathematical boundary value problem well-posed. "

But what if there is a small opening along the "land" boundary (e.g. river output). (see tentative sketch below)

--------------water level bnd-----------------------------
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| neuman on both sides
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---------------land -------------| *river* |---- land ----

Is is still ok to use those neumann boundary then ?

I have tried and it seems fine but I was wondering if there could be some potential issues with that kind of setup.