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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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morphological changes with delft3d

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Simone Bonamano, modified 5 Years ago.

morphological changes with delft3d

Youngling Posts: 15 Join Date: 4/23/11 Recent Posts
Hello everybody,
I am using delft3d model to simulate the morphological changes along the latium coast (Italy).
In the simulation I have used different wave and wind conditions provided by wavecon file.
To reproduce the morphological changes occurring in six months I have inserted a morphological
scale factor of 90.
I would have expected erosion in some zones and sedimentation in another ones near the coastline.
Conversely the model results show an high accumulation along the entire coastline.
I may not have considered something but I don't know what.
I've attached Fiumicino folder.
May someone help me?

Thank you in advance
Simone

Simone
Arjen Luijendijk, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: morphological changes with delft3d (Answer)

Padawan Posts: 38 Join Date: 2/22/11 Recent Posts
Hi Simone,
I suggest to change the settings related to sediment transports due to waves. The sediment transport factors SUSW and BEDW are commonly set at 0.1 - 0.3 in depth-averaged simulations. In depth-averaged simulations the undertow due to waves is not fully resolved, hence an offshore directed transport component is not incorporated. This means that only the onshore transport component remains resulting in unrealistic sedimentation band along the coast.

Rgds, Arjen
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Simone Bonamano, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: morphological changes with delft3d

Youngling Posts: 15 Join Date: 4/23/11 Recent Posts
Hi Arjen,
thank you for your advices. I'm using the pre-compiled GUI (delft3d_ohmw_4.01.00.rc.03) with Delft3D FLOW & MOR version 6.00.01.0000
and I don't know where the SUSW and BEDW parameters are found.
Could you indicate me the files that include them?
Best regards
Simone
Arjen Luijendijk, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: morphological changes with delft3d

Padawan Posts: 38 Join Date: 2/22/11 Recent Posts
These factors are in the .mor file.
Arjen