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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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implementing the boundary conditions

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hoda el safty, modified 7 Years ago.

implementing the boundary conditions

Youngling Posts: 12 Join Date: 6/19/13 Recent Posts
Hi All,

I am new to Delft3d and I have a few questions about implementing the boundary conditions.

1)-If I want to study the tide in my domain, then what are the appropriate boundary conditions to use?
2)-I have been reading in papers about using “Neumann boundary condition” at the lateral boundary conditions? Is that valid for all cases?
3) - For the open-sea boundary condition, Should I be using a time-series surface elevations? Or there is a better scenario for this?

Thanks in advance

hoda
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Arnold van Rooijen, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: implementing the boundary conditions

Hi Hoda,

There are several options for putting a tide in your model. You can apply a harmonic signal, an astronomic signal but also supply the water level timeseries. It kind of depends on what data you have available. Considering Neumann boundaries, you can use these for most cases but of course there are always cases where you cannot use it.

If you would like to know more about these boundary conditions, I recommend you to read Chapter 5 and Chapter 9 (specifically about Neumann) in the Delft3D Flow manual. THat should give you some more insight.

Cheers,
Arnold
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hoda el safty, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: implementing the boundary conditions

Youngling Posts: 12 Join Date: 6/19/13 Recent Posts
Hi Arnold,

I will definitely read these chapters again. I just have one question regarding your answer. So, if I can find a data on NOAA website for time-level series, then this should be at one location. How can I implement this to the whole length of the boundary?

Like you assume that it is uniform along the boundary and implement it on the whole length of the boundary or what other options could be?

Thanks in Advance
hoda
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Arnold van Rooijen, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: implementing the boundary conditions

Hi Hoda,

You would typically specify one long water level (open) boundary and use the timeseries for this whole boundary. If you have more locations with observations you can also create more than one open boundary and specify the different water level timeseries.

Cheers,
Arnold