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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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Algae phenotypes concentration

Fernando Aguilar, modified 5 Years ago.

Algae phenotypes concentration

Youngling Posts: 22 Join Date: 2/7/13 Recent Posts
Hi all,

I am modlling algae bloom using Delft3D suite. I have different types of algae and the model represent them with 3 phenotypes: E, P, N. For initial conditions I use values that comes from concentration data that I convert using biomass. My question is: Should I divide this concentration in 3 (for each phenotype) or should I keep the same value in all?

Thank you,

Anonymous Anonymous, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: Algae phenotypes concentration

Jedi Master Posts: 333 Join Date: 7/30/20 Recent Posts
Hi Fernando,

You don't really need to specify initial algae concentrations when using BLOOM.
BLOOM has hard coded minimum algae masses for each type, which it will use as initial conditions as well. If you specify your own initial conditions, BLOOM will use them if they are larger than it's minimum values.

As for the distribution between E, P and N groups, this is not important since BLOOM will itself compute the distribution among those groups.
Willem Stolte, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: Algae phenotypes concentration

Hi Fernando,

The only thing you should consider when distributing the algal biomass over the different types is that the types (E,N,P) differ in their elemental composition. So, it will have effect on your C,N,P,Si,Chla ratio of the total algal popuation. At low biomasses, this is probably never a problem, but when you for example have a high concentration of algae on a boundary of load, the choice of algal type has a considerable effect on the amount of substances that you introduce in your system.

Best regards, Willem
Gabriela Alvarez, modified 5 Years ago.

Algae phenotypes concentration - UNITS and Process parameters

Youngling Posts: 4 Join Date: 8/5/15 Recent Posts
Hello Christophe and Fernando,

following the question of Fernando about how to input the different concentrations.
I have the same doubt as Fernando...

I am modeling a tropical freshwater system.

I selected the four groups in the PLCT interface. DIATOMS, FLAGELLATES,GREEN AND BLUEGREEN for freshwater
then when I open the substance file in the GUI, and I go to fill the INITIAL conditions and BOUNDARY CONDITIONS, the 4 groups of algae subdivide again in the phenotypes. So:

1. then I am not sure where to put the values I have for each algae group. Can i choose just to allocate in one phenotype?

2. Plus it APPEARS as they dont have this just a mistake from the GUI?...

points 1 and 2 (apply for INITIAL and BOUNDARY CONDITIONS)


3. when I go to the button PROCESS PARAMETERS appeared just 2 groups (diatoms and non-diatoms) and then THE UNITS are in gC/m3 (which is correct). So my question here is.. do I need to put again the concentrations.?..I found a bit strange because in here just 2 groups appeared, so I don't know how it will influence the results.

it is a bit confusing the issue that in one part says (no units) and in another yes...

since my key research question is how the algae composition (per group) may change due to different flow regimes, I need to clarify this issue

thanks in advance for your help


pd: I am attaching a word file with the print screens explaining this

when you