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Title: Development and verification of a three-dimensional numerical hydrodynamic, salinity, and temperature model of Chesapeake Bay. Volume I, Main text and appendix D
Authors: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Baltimore District.
Johnson, Billy H.
Heath, Ronald E.
Hsieh, Bernard B. (Bernard Bor-Nian), 1949-
Kim, Keu W.
Butler, H. Lee.
Keywords: Chesapeake Bay
Numerical models
Mathematical models
Three-dimensional models
Publisher: Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; HL-91-7 v. 1.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: A time-varying three-dimensional (3-D) numerical hydrodynamic model of Chesapeake Bay has been developed to provide flow fields to a 3-D water quality model of the bay. The water surface, 3-D velocity field, salinity, and temperature are computed. Major physical processes affecting bay circulation and vertical mixing are modeled. A particular feature of the model is the solution of transformed equations on a boundary-fitted grid in the horizontal plane. The 3-D model has been verified through application to six data sets. The first three were about 1 month long each and represented a dry summer condition, a spring runoff, and a fall wind-mixing event. The last three were yearlong simulations for the years of 1984, 1985, and 1986. These years represent a wet, dry, and average freshwater inflow year, respectively. A major storm in November 1985 over the lower portion of the bay resulted in a 200-year flood on the James River and served to demonstrate the ability of the model to simulate extreme events. Results from these applications demonstrate that the model is a good representation of the hydrodynamics of the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributaries.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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