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An Approach to Medium-term Coastal Morphological Modelling

By: Giles Lesser

250 pages, illus

CRC Press

Paperback | Dec 2009 | #185452 | ISBN-13: 9780415556682
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This book documents the development and validation of a novel three-dimensional sediment transport and morphological numerical model suitable for coastal regions. It discusses the modelling of both suspended and bed-load transport of non-cohesive sediment, important aspects of the morphological updating scheme, and approaches used to model the three-dimensional effects of waves on coastal hydrodynamics.

It also presents the results of several validation studies and demonstrates the performance of the model in several theoretical, laboratory, and full scale test cases. The author critically analyses the application of the model and acceleration techniques to the complex and dynamic entrance to Willapa Bay, Washington, USA.


1. Introduction
2. A Three-Dimensional Morphological Model
3. Model Validation
4. Medium-Term Modelling of Willapa Bay
5. Morphological Acceleration Techniques
6. Conclusions

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Giles Lesser studied civil engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand graduating in 1991. From 1992 until 1998 he worked as a civil engineer for Wellington City Council where, for a period, he was responsible for the maintenance of the city's many kilometres of coastal defences. In 2000 he was awarded an MSc on coastal engineering at UNESCO-IHE.

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