Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 89–113 | Cite as

A three-dimensional discontinuous Galerkin model applied to the baroclinic simulation of Corpus Christi Bay

  • Vadym Aizinger
  • Jennifer Proft
  • Clint Dawson
  • Dharhas Pothina
  • Solomon Negusse
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  1. Topical Collection on Multi-scale modelling of coastal, shelf and global ocean dynamics


In this work, we present results of a numerical study of Corpus Christi Bay, Texas and surrounding regions and compare simulated model results to recorded data. The validation data for the year 2000 include the water elevation, velocity, and salinity at selected locations. The baroclinic computations were performed using the University of Texas Bays and Estuaries 3D (UTBEST3D) simulator based on a discontinuous Galerkin finite element method for unstructured prismatic meshes. We also detail some recent advances in the modeling capabilities of UTBEST3D, such as a novel turbulence scheme and the support for local vertical discretization on parts of the computational domain. All runs were conducted on parallel clusters; an evaluation of parallel performance of UTBEST3D is included.


Shallow water equations Marine model Discontinuous Galerkin method Free surface Baroclinic processes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vadym Aizinger
    • 1
  • Jennifer Proft
    • 2
  • Clint Dawson
    • 2
  • Dharhas Pothina
    • 3
  • Solomon Negusse
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Erlangen-NuernbergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.Texas Water Development BoardAustinUSA

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