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3-D hydrodynamic modelling in Mediterranean deep coastal areas


The general objective of the MEDCOAST project is to contribute to the development of 3-D small-scale modelling technology and 3-D modelling strategies to be applied to deep coastal waters in non-tidal seas (mainly the Mediterranean Sea). Specific objectives of the project are:

- to better understand the hydrodynamic evolution of Mediterranean deep coastal bays through measurement survey analysis, and inter- comparison with numerical modelling investigations;

- to test whether recent advances in the 3-D modelling technology is able to represent these complex and intricated hydrodynamic effects;

- to investigate, to define, to test and to validate improvements in 3-D modelling tools and as importantly in modelling strategies for the above-mentioned application cases;

- connections between coastal and large-scale 3-D models will be investigated.

Four existing 3-D hydrodynamical modelling systems, commonly used for shallow water tidal modelling, will be the basis of the project. They cover a significative range of assumptions, formulation of boundary conditions and numerical techniques in the present 3-D hydrodynamic modelling technology.

Guidelines, minimum requirements of the 3-D modelling approach for deep coastal waters and modelling strategy will be delivered by the project. Connections between coastal and large-scale 3-D models will be investigated.

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Laboratoire d'Hydraulique de France SA
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