Title: Exploring DELFT3D as an operational tool
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC104897
ISBN: 978-92-79-64589-1
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28336 EN
OP LB-NA-28336-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC104897
DOI: 10.2788/783821
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: One of the deliverables foreseen within the Coastal Risk exploratory research project was a prototype of an operational system that can tackle the task of an early information and awareness platform. The proposed prototype aimed to include an extensive range of physical processes including tides, waves and fluvial flows. One of the very few suites of codes that can handle the plethora of interactions considered and an open sourced one, is Delft3D (https://oss.deltares.nl/web/delft3d). Thus, the focus has been to develop a functional workflow based on this model and expand it to meet the requirements of the foreseen system. The capabilities of DELFT3D have been validated and tested extensively (see corresponding document at http://oss.deltares.nl/web/delft3d/download). However, its basic usage is to be used through a GUI based on MATLAB and on a case by case basis. In order to make the tools versatile enough to be used within a script-based operational system with on-demand functionality, a wrapper needed to be developed. Thus, a number of Python scripts have been written that provide pre-processing setup of the simulations avoiding the dependency on MATLAB. These command line scripts could form the basis of the operating system. The Mediterranean Sea was selected as a test case for validating and benchmarking the various components as well as testing the integration to an operational prototype. The outcome of this research suggest that a prototype system is feasible but there are still issues to be addressed. An overview and the status of development is presented below.
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