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Volume 11, issue 5 | Copyright
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 1849-1871, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-1849-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Model description paper 14 May 2018

Model description paper | 14 May 2018

Cohesive and mixed sediment in the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS v3.6) implemented in the Coupled Ocean–Atmosphere–Wave–Sediment Transport Modeling System (COAWST r1234)

Christopher R. Sherwood1, Alfredo L. Aretxabaleta1, Courtney K. Harris2, J. Paul Rinehimer2,a, Romaric Verney3, and Bénédicte Ferré1,b Christopher R. Sherwood et al.
  • 1U.S. Geological Survey, 384 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1598, USA
  • 2Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, USA
  • 3IFREMER, Plouzane, France
  • acurrently at: WEST Consultants, Bellevue, WA 98055, USA
  • bcurrently at: CAGE-Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment, and Climate; Department of Geosciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

Abstract. We describe and demonstrate algorithms for treating cohesive and mixed sediment that have been added to the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS version 3.6), as implemented in the Coupled Ocean–Atmosphere–Wave–Sediment Transport Modeling System (COAWST Subversion repository revision 1234). These include the following: floc dynamics (aggregation and disaggregation in the water column); changes in floc characteristics in the seabed; erosion and deposition of cohesive and mixed (combination of cohesive and non-cohesive) sediment; and biodiffusive mixing of bed sediment. These routines supplement existing non-cohesive sediment modules, thereby increasing our ability to model fine-grained and mixed-sediment environments. Additionally, we describe changes to the sediment bed layering scheme that improve the fidelity of the modeled stratigraphic record. Finally, we provide examples of these modules implemented in idealized test cases and a realistic application.

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Cohesive sediment (mud) is ubiquitous in the world's coastal regions, but its behavior is complicated and often oversimplified by computer models. This paper describes extensions to a widely used open-source coastal ocean model that allow users to simulate important components of cohesive sediment transport.
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