Two-dimensional wave-current interaction with a locally enriched quadtree grid system

KY Park, AGL Borthwick, YS Cho*

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Abstract / Description of output

Wave-induced currents may drive nearshore mixing and transport processes, including coastal pollutant dispersion, littoral drift, and long-term morphological changes through beach erosion and accretion. In this study, a numerical model is newly developed to simulate wave climate and localized currents in complicated coastal environments. The model developed is based on a quadtree grid system. The two-dimensional hydrodynamic governing equations are solved by using an explicit Adams-Bashforth finite difference scheme. Effects of wave breaking, shoaling, refraction. diffraction, wave-current interaction, set-up and set-down, turbulent mixing, bed friction, and shoreline movement are incorporated in the model. Results are presented for set-up at a beach in a flume due to normally incident waves, and longshore currents generated by oblique waves on a plane beach. (C) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-263
Number of pages17
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • water wave
  • surf-zone hydrodynamics
  • quadtree grid system
  • wave-current interaction


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