Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center > Coastal Model Applications and Field Measurements
Numerical models are used by scientists, engineers, coastal managers, and the public to understand and predict processes in the coastal ocean. This project supports the development and application of open-source coastal models and has several objectives: 1) improve the code of numerical sediment-transport models by implementing new or improved algorithms; 2) obtain measurements of coastal ocean processes to test and verify models; 3) develop new instruments or analysis techniques to make these measurements; and 4) develop software tools and standards to facilitate analysis, comparison, and visualization of observations and models. Study sites are selected for characteristics needed for model development and testing, as well as to address issues of national or regional importance.
Ocean Model Contributions
The USGS develop and maintain the Community Sediment-Transport Modeling System, which is coupled with the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) and the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Waves Sediment-Transport (COAWST) modeling system. This open-source software is continually improved and has been incorporated into other ocean models.
Advances in Instrumentation, Field Measurements, and Methods
Ongoing acquisition of new instruments and development of analytical methods provides us with the means to make better observations of coastal ocean processes.
Field Measurements and Model Applications
Several components of this project are model applications intended to evaluate the model against critical field measurements, or to test new model components.
Tools and Standards for Ocean Modeling
We are developing software tools and standards to help deliver the results of ocean models to users (researchers, resource managers, emergency responders, and the public) and to facilitate comparison of models with observations and other models.
The project encompasses several research activities that are either ongoing or have been recently completed.
Chandeleur Islands. West Falmouth Harbor. Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory Project. Hudson River. Connecticut River, and Palos Verdes, Gulf of Maine, and Hudson Shelf Valley.
Northeast storms ranked by wind stress and wave-generated bottom stress observed in Massachusetts Bay, 1990-2006. Continental Shelf Research
Sediment transport on the Palos Verdes shelf, California. Continental Shelf Research
Documentation of the U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time Series Measurement Database - USGS Open-File Report 2007-1194
Geophysical data collected off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts - USGS Open-File Report 2008-1288