Effectiveness of wave hindcasts for forcing medium-scale morphodynamic models

Talal Etri*, Roberto Mayerle

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The effectiveness of wave hindcasts as a means of providing representative and continuous forcing conditions for medium-scale morphodynamic models applied to the German North Sea coast is verified in this study. An existing process-based morphodynamic model covering a coastal area between the Eider and Elbe estuaries was implemented. The wave schematization along the model open-sea boundaries was derived from high-resolution wave hindcasts over a 40-year observation period at 21 locations. The analysis was based on the results of model simulations covering periods of about 10 years. With appropriate adjustments to the derived wave characteristics, the representative wave forcing conditions proved to be capable of correctly reproducing medium-scale morphodynamic behavior integrated over large areas. The hindcasted data also proved to be suitable in continuous simulations for predicting morphological changes on a seasonal basis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2006, ICCE 2006
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789812706362
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sept 3 2006Sept 8 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)0161-3782


Other30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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