Three-dimensional hydrodynamic modeling of Galveston Bay. (Houston Ship Canal enlargement impact upon oyster populations)


1992 1992 May 21


Berger RC

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The effects of the enlargement of the Houston Ship Channel through Galveston Bay have been evaluated through a series of models and methods. The final model will be linked to an oyster (Crassostrea virginica ) population dynamics model to determine the effect of channel enlargement on the oyster populations of Galveston Bay. The hydrodynamic and salinity regimes, that are the primary input for each subsequent model, are provided by a 3-dimensional finite element program. A description of this model, its verification and the evaluation of the channel enlargement will be presented. The changes in the flow and salinity field associated with the channel enlargement and the lessons learned for this application will be discussed




ASW,USA,Texas,Galveston Bay, bay dynamics, channel flow, coastal engineering, Crassostrea, Crassostrea virginica, Environmental impact, Evaluation, finite element method, Galveston Bay, Hydrodynamics, mathematical models, models, natural populations, oyster fisheries, population dynamics, Populations, Q1 01442 Population dynamics, Q1 01583 Shellfish culture, Q1 01601 General, Q2 02170 Nearshore dynamics, Q3 01583 Shellfish culture, Q5 01521 Mechanical and natural changes, Salinity, USA