Cook Inlet Models

Below are current modeling projects to better understand circulation, waves, and winds in Cook Inlet.

Model Modeler Purpose
Cook Inlet Operational Forecast System (CIOFS) Rich Patchen and Lyon Lanerolle, NOAA Model Cook Inlet circulation Water levels and 3D currents, temp and salinity
ROMS 3D Data Assimilation (3DVAR) Yi Chao, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Model 3D circulation with tides; assimilate  in situ and remotely sensed data to enable nowcast and forecast 3D temperature, salinity and current; 2D sea level
PWS-WRF  Model Peter Olsson, UAA AEFF Forecast the state of the atmosphere (hourly to 48 hours) The 3-D state of a host of atmospheric, meteorological and surface variables
GNOME/CATS Glen Watabayashi, NOAA/ORR/ERD Oil spill response modeling Oil Movement
NOAA Wave Watch 3 model with nested Alaska grid  Eddie Zingone, NOAA-NWS Wave height guidance for marine forecasters Significant wave heights, wind waves.  It also produces period and direction for wind waves as well as primary and secondary  swells
Delf3D Tom Ravens and UAA grad students, UAA Distrib.of water level and velocity, impact of hydrokinetic devices on flow and sediment transport
Water level, depth- averaged velocity, sediment tranport, impact of hydrokinetic devices
Time dependent discrete spectral wave model WAM-CY4.5.1C and CY4.5.2
Bob Jensen, USACE Estimate time and spatial evolution of directional wave spectra.
2D (frequency/direction) wave spectra where frequency spectra and integral properties of the sea-state (height, period, and direction) are derived
ADCIRC Model for Port of Anchorage, Expansion & Deepening Ray Chapman, USACE Investigate the development and evolution of gyres before/during Port expansion, and the influence on navigation operations and dredging requirements. Water surface elevations and hydrodynamic fields throughout Cook Inlet , Knik and Turnagan Arms.
Princeton Ocean Model with Wetting &  Drying, POM-WAD,
Tal Ezer (Old Dominion) and Lie-Yauw Oey (Princeton) Study 3D dynamics and inundation processes; simulate movements of belugas for analysis of mudflats topography Hourly water level, temperature, salinity, 3D velocity field, flooded/exposed area (location of moving shore line)

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