A description of different computational aspects of the use of a three-dimensional finite-difference model of estuaries, bays, and coastal seas. With this model, salinity and temperature distributions can be computed, together with the flow field, then coupled to the flow computations by a complicated equation of state. In the model an approximation for the subgridscale effects is introduced by use of mass and momentum exchange coefficients. The vertical exchanges are dependent on the Richardson number. The computational method is tested on bays and estuaries with widely different characteristics. The results of these experiments are presented in graphic form. It is concluded that effective simulations can be made with the model.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.