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dc.contributor.advisorOrescanin, Mara S.
dc.contributor.advisorMassey, Chris, USACE
dc.contributor.authorReffitt, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T22:47:01Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T22:47:01Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/61254
dc.description.abstractModel simulations using an ocean circulation model (ADCIRC) coupled with a wave model (STWAVE) are compared to observations made in the shallow, two-inlet tidal system Katama Bay during Hurricane Irene. Integrating high-resolution grids of this system with the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) performed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers enabled a study of the effect on storm surge modeling accuracy of boundary condition representation of ephemeral inlets and wave model coupling. The high-resolution coupled model reduced error by over 20 percent compared to the NACCS during the peak storm surge period, representing a 14 percent improvement over the high-resolution circulation model simulation alone. Contrary to prior research that shows a lack of setup in the Katama Bay system from wave forcing, this research shows that in extreme wave forcing events, the flux through the Edgartown Channel cannot provide an adequate drainage path to prevent an increased water elevation in the bay. Furthermore, the presence of Katama Inlet in the south enhances the velocity along the entire southern part of Martha’s Vineyard during peak storm conditions by more than a factor of two, highlighting the need for adequate model resolution for local storm surge predictions.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/coupledhighresol1094561254
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCOUPLED, HIGH-RESOLUTION STORM SURGE MODELING OF AN INLET SYSTEMen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentOceanography
dc.subject.authorstorm surgeen_US
dc.subject.authorcoupled modelingen_US
dc.subject.authorADCIRCen_US
dc.subject.authorSTWAVEen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanographyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMeteorology and Physical Oceanographyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid30601
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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