Calibration of a Continental Shelf Bottom Boundary Layer Model with Applications to Sediment Transport in the Middle Atlantic Bight

By Richard Styles and Scott Glenn
Presented at AGU, December, 1998, in San Francisco, CA


The following presents an improved continental shelf bottom boundary layer model that has been calibrated for use over sandy sediments on a wide, gently sloping shelf such as that observed off the east coast of the United States. The present model is an extension of the Glenn and Grant (1987) bottom boundary layer model that includes a continuous eddy viscosity profile and a correction for suspended sediment-induced stratification that extends into the wave boundary layer. Presented here are:

  • Governing Equations
  • Model Sensitivity & Site Location
  • Ripple Geometry and Bottom Roughness
  • Model Calibration
  • Results of Long-term Studies