A wave model for the Great Barrier Reef

Hardy, Thomas A., Mason, Luciano B., and McConochie, Jason D. (2001) A wave model for the Great Barrier Reef. Ocean Engineering, 28 (1). pp. 45-70.

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A new wind wave generation model, WAMGBR, is presented that has been adapted from WAM especially for use in the complex geometry of the Great Barrier Reef. A technique (reef parameterization) has been presented that incorporates sub-grid scale dissipation caused by coral reefs. Three other improvements to WAM have been proposed. An explicit/implicit finite difference scheme has been implemented that allows for more efficient modelling (longer time steps) while maintaining diffusive characteristics that are at least as good as those of WAM. An offset in discrete angles creates more uniform diffusive characteristics. And, a transformed spherical coordinate system allows for more efficient grid sizes and smaller grid dependent refraction. Comparisons between modelling techniques and between model and measured data show that WAMGBR produces very good results in the difficult challenge of modelling both non-cyclonic and tropical cyclone waves in the geographically complex environment of the Great Barrier Reef.

Item ID: 12973
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-5258
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; model; waves
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2012 12:22
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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