This report presents an overview of a series of experiments made with a two-dimensional model of the Eastern Scheldt. The experiments were designed to investigate the effect of advection term approximations in hydrodynamic equations on tidal propagation, and to assess the comparative importance of timestep size, gridsize, depth accuracy, roughness estimates, approximations of turbulence closure, and horizontal momentum exchange. The experiments indicated that advection is very important for the generation of residual tidal currents in the estuary. The most significant finding of the modeling studies is the dependency of the bottom roughness on the tidal range.
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