J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2014, 2(2), 413-436; doi:10.3390/jmse2020413
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Model Behavior and Sensitivity in an Application of the Cohesive Bed Component of the Community Sediment Transport Modeling System for the York River Estuary, VA, USA

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Received: 18 December 2013; in revised form: 3 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 April 2014 / Published: 14 May 2014
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Abstract: The Community Sediment Transport Modeling System (CSTMS) cohesive bed sub-model that accounts for erosion, deposition, consolidation, and swelling was implemented in a three-dimensional domain to represent the York River estuary, Virginia. The objectives of this paper are to (1) describe the application of the three-dimensional hydrodynamic York Cohesive Bed Model, (2) compare calculations to observations, and (3) investigate sensitivities of the cohesive bed sub-model to user-defined parameters. Model results for summer 2007 showed good agreement with tidal-phase averaged estimates of sediment concentration, bed stress, and current velocity derived from Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV) field measurements. An important step in implementing the cohesive bed model was specification of both the initial and equilibrium critical shear stress profiles, in addition to choosing other parameters like the consolidation and swelling timescales. This model promises to be a useful tool for investigating the fundamental controls on bed erodibility and settling velocity in the York River, a classical muddy estuary, provided that appropriate data exists to inform the choice of model parameters.
Keywords: cohesive sediment; critical stress; sediment transport modeling; erodibility; settling velocity
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Fall, K.A.; Harris, C.K.; Friedrichs, C.T.; Rinehimer, J.P.; Sherwood, C.R. Model Behavior and Sensitivity in an Application of the Cohesive Bed Component of the Community Sediment Transport Modeling System for the York River Estuary, VA, USA. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2014, 2, 413-436.

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Fall KA, Harris CK, Friedrichs CT, Rinehimer JP, Sherwood CR. Model Behavior and Sensitivity in an Application of the Cohesive Bed Component of the Community Sediment Transport Modeling System for the York River Estuary, VA, USA. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2014; 2(2):413-436.

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Fall, Kelsey A.; Harris, Courtney K.; Friedrichs, Carl T.; Rinehimer, J. P.; Sherwood, Christopher R. 2014. "Model Behavior and Sensitivity in an Application of the Cohesive Bed Component of the Community Sediment Transport Modeling System for the York River Estuary, VA, USA." J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2, no. 2: 413-436.

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