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Shallow-water equations are widely used to model water flow in rivers, lakes, reservoirs, coastal areas, and other situations in which the water depth is much smaller than the horizontal length scale of motion. The classical shallow-water equations, the Saint-Venant system, were originally proposed about 150 years ago and still are used in a variety of applications. For many practical purposes, it is extremely important to have an accurate, efficient and robust numerical solver for the Saint-Venant system and related models. As their solutions are typically non-smooth and even discontinuous, finite-volume schemes are among the most popular tools. In this paper, we review such schemes and focus on one of the simplest (yet highly accurate and robust) methods: central-upwind schemes. These schemes belong to the family of Godunov-type Riemann-problem-solver-free central schemes, but incorporate some upwinding information about the local speeds of propagation, which helps to reduce an excessive amount of numerical diffusion typically present in classical (staggered) non-oscillatory central schemes. Besides the classical one- and two-dimensional Saint-Venant systems, we will consider the shallow-water equations with friction terms, models with moving bottom topography, the two-layer shallow-water system as well as general non-conservative hyperbolic systems.
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