Accession Number:

ADA339125

Title:

Review and Verification of Numerical Wave Models for Near Coastal Areas - Part 2: Verification of Near Coastal Numerical Wave Models

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS COASTAL AND SEMI-ENCLOSED SEAS SECTION

Report Date:

1998-01-30

Pagination or Media Count:

108.0

Abstract:

This report details the validation of the numerical wave models REFDEF1 and REFDIF-S. The monochromatic model REFDIF1 is used to test most model physics, while the irregular wave model REFDIF-S is used to investigate model applicability to realistic situations. Comparisons of the models to available analytical solutions, synthetic cases, and laboratory and field scenarios are performed. Where applicable, we also compare the two models to the wave model RCPWAVE, which is based on a different formulation. We find that the REFDIF models are reasonably accurate in most of the situations tested. The REFDIF models also outperform RCPWAVE in most of the instances where the models can be compared. In particular, it is found that the RCPWAVE model under predicts the effect of wave diffraction. Model robustness to bathymetric uncertainty is also tested. It is found that neither REFDIF1 nor REFDIF-S is overly sensitive to bathymetric uncertainty. In areas where the diffraction effect is large, the REFDIF-S model tends to have more robust characteristics than the monochromatic model, due primarily to its irregular nature. Details of the modified spectral input program used in this study appear in the appendix.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE