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Modelling wind driven circulation One Tree Reef, Southern Great Barrier Reef


Frith, CA and Mason, LB, Modelling wind driven circulation One Tree Reef, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, 4, (4) pp. 201-211. ISSN 0722-4028 (1986) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF00298078


A vertically integrated numerical model of wind-driven circulation at One Tree Reef is presented. The model is the numerical model SURGE developed originally to study tropical cyclone surge. Current data collected in the reef lagoon and over the reef flats is used to test the model's applicability. The reef topography has been modelled explicitly, rather than using an assumed reef shape, with a grid spacing of 150 m. The model corresponds well to the measured current behaviour. The greatest drawback to use of the model is that, at low tide, currents reverse with depth due to lagoon enclosure and a depth integrated model cannot produce water velocity depth profiles. The model can be used to predict current behaviour in strong wind conditions, such as during a cyclone, and to estimate net flows into and out of the lagoon.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Mason, LB (Mr Luciano Mason)
ID Code:80937
Year Published:1986
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2012-11-18
Last Modified:2012-11-18

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