Accession Number : ADA572761
Title : Geomorphic modeling of macro-tidal embayment with extensive tidal flats: Skagit Bay, Washington
Descriptive Note : Annual rept.
Corporate Author : PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LAB SEQUIM WA
Personal Author(s) : Hibler, Lyle ; Maxwell, Adam
Report Date : 30 Sep 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 10
Abstract : The long-term goal for the project is to better understand processes affecting morphologic changes of muddy tidal flats and to quantify the effects of tidal action, river discharge, and shoreline development (e.g. dikes and jetties) on these changes. Our objective in this effort is to demonstrate the use of a community numerical model for prediction and investigation of tidal flat morphology and forcing parameters. The Delft3D1 community model is being evaluated as a physics-based numerical simulation tool for several investigations, and this effort applies it specifically to tidal flat and channel systems. Within this objective, we examine the relative roles of tidal action, river discharge, and shoreline modification on flow over the tidal flats and resulting effects on morphologic modeling. From a model-tuning perspective, this objective includes advancing the understanding of the sensitivity of the model to parameter value adjustments and to the inclusion or exclusion of specific sediment transport processes and characterization in tidal flat and channel systems. The model fidelity should be improved by incorporation of observational data for configuration, assignment of boundary and initial conditions, and sediment source-term characterization, and for calibration and validation efforts.
Descriptors : *BAYS , *GEOMORPHOLOGY , CHANNELS(WATERWAYS) , SEDIMENT TRANSPORT , SHORES , TIDES , WASHINGTON(STATE) , WATER FLOW
Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE