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Numerical Computations of a Two-Layer Model for Estuaries


The research described in this paper is aimed at improving the predictive capability of numerical models for estuarine circulation. An improved two-layer model has been developed, which is applicable to the entire estuary including areas near the river mouth and the estuary inlet. This model is applied to Apalachicola Bay, Florida. The calibration and verification of the numerical model is accomplished with available prototype data. The horizontal density gradient terms have been added to the model and provide significantly improved salinity predictions near the river mouths. A theoretical approach to the internal wave boundary condition has been developed in this two-layer model.