Dynamic coupling of wave and surge models by Eulerian-Lagrangian method

Yok Sheung Li, M. Y. Zhang

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An Eulerian-Lagrangian method is employed in a third-generation ocean wave model and a two-dimensional storm surge model that are dynamically coupled. The stability, accuracy, and consistency of the synchronously coupled models are first verified using an idealized case of waves on a Gulf Stream Ring by comparing the computed results with that by others. Application of the coupled models to two hindcastings of storms occurred in the northern South China Sea under different forcing conditions, taking into account the mutual influences of waves and currents, gives satisfactory results in comparison with observations. Calculations show that the surface wave-dependent drag has significant effects on the surges, but the wave radiation stress has only slight effects. For prediction of wave heights, the inclusion of both the wave-dependent drag and the wave radiation stress in the storm surge model has a very small effect on the computed results. The coupled models can be easily applied to prediction or hindcasting of ocean waves and storm surges without the need for further treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering


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