Journal of Hydrodynamics

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 156–162 | Cite as

Modelling of the wave-current interaction in the pearl river estuary

  • Chong-hao Wang
  • Wing-hong Onyx Wai
  • Yok-sheung Li
  • Yong Chen
Session A3


A wave propagation model based on the wave action conservation theory was developed and applied to the modelling of wave characteristics and the interaction of wave and current in the Pearl River Estuary, by coupling with a three-dimensional hydrodynamics model. The modelling results show that waves propagating from the open sea would be attenuated significantly because of sheltering by islands and shoaling. Waves incoming from the south can propagate further upstream. The tidal current generally increases the wave heights and the effect of the ebbing flow on waves is significant.

Key words

pearl river estuary 3-D modelling wave propagation wave-current interaction 


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© China Ship Scientific Research Center 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chong-hao Wang
    • 1
  • Wing-hong Onyx Wai
    • 1
  • Yok-sheung Li
    • 1
  • Yong Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Structural EngineeringThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Nanjing Hydraulic Research InstituteNanjingChina

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