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The Dynamics of Coastal Models


  • 200 b/w illus. 38 tables
  • Page extent: 512 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.16 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.462015118
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: GB451.2 .H43 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Coasts--Mathematical models
    • Hydrodynamics
    • Estuaries--Mathematical models

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521807401)

Coastal basins are defined as estuaries, lagoons, and embayments. This book deals with the science of coastal basins using simple models, many of which are presented in either analytical form or Microsoft Excel or MATLAB. The book introduces simple hydrodynamics and its applications, from the use of simple box and one-dimensional models to flow over coral reefs. The book also emphasizes models as a scientific tool in our understanding of coasts, and introduces the value of the most modern flexible mesh combined wave-current models. Examples from shallow basins around the world illustrate the wonders of the scientific method and the power of simple dynamics. This book is ideal for use as an advanced textbook for graduate students and as an introduction to the topic for researchers, especially those from other fields of science needing a basic understanding of the basic ideas of the dynamics of coastal basins.

• Presents coastal models in a variety of formats- analytical, Microsoft Excel or MATLAB® • Shows the reader how to write computer models of a coast • Contains examples of shallow basins from around the world to demonstrate dynamics in action


Preface; Nomenclature; 1. Prelude to modeling coastal basins; 2. Currents and continuity; 3. Box and one-dimensional models; 4. Basic hydrodynamics; 5. Simple hydrodynamic models; 6. Modeling tides and long waves in coastal models; 7. Mixing in coastal basins; 8. Advection of momentum; 9. Aspects of stratification; 10. Dynamics of partially mixed basins; 11. Roughness in coastal basins; 12. Wave and sediment dynamics; Bibliography; Index.

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