Data Employed In The Development Of A Three-Dimensional, Time-Varying, Numerical Hydrodynamic Model Of Chesapeake

A successful calibration/verification of a numerical hydrodynamic model applied to an estuarine/coastal area requires sets of self-consistent data. These data sets must contain freshwater inflows on tributaries; tides at ocean entrances as well as at various interior stations; meteorological data at one or more stations, from which the surface wind stress and heat flux can be determined; and currents, temperature, and salinity at several locations throughout the modeled area In addition, the bathymetry must also be represented on the numerical grid. This report presents data sets employed in the development of a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model of Chesapeake Bay. Since the Bay is so large, there is a lack of synoptic data throughout the Bay and its tributaries. Three relatively extensive synoptic field data sets were identified for use in this study. These data sets were collected during June-July 1980, April 1983, and September 1983. In addition, for the preliminary calibration of the hydrodynamic model, data from the physical model of Chesapeake Bay located on Kent Island, Maryland, were identified. Data from each set are presented in a combination of graphical and tabular forms.
Chesapeake Bay, Estuary, Field Data, Hydrodynamic Model, Numerical, Three-dimensional