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CENAS Project


Laboratory of Hydraulics

Role and Contribution of the participating organization
The Hydraulics Laboratory of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) will be responsible for the simulation of the hydrodynamics in the study area, using the model developed at KUL.
The model to be used is a two-dimensional depth averaged finite difference model. The alternating direction implicit scheme is used to describe the classical two-dimensional depth-averaged shallow water equations on a fully staggered (C-type) numerical grid. Meteorological influences and tidal variations can be taken into account.
For efficient long-term simulations, there exists a version of the code suitable for implementation on parallel computers.
Experience of participating organization and the project manager
KUL has been working on the study of marine hydrodynamics for over a decade. KUL has gained extensive experience through several national and international research programmes. The numerical model developed by KUL has already been applied to several marine environments, e.g. The North Sea and The English Channel, The North-West European Continental Shelf Seas, The Weddell Sea (Antarctica) and The Lagoon of Venice. The project manager, Prof. Jean Berlamont is the head of the Hydraulics laboratory (see also the attached resume).
Consistency of the proposed project with the research policy of the participation organization
The coastal hydrodynamics along the Belgian coast and the North Sea are continuously studied by the laboratory of hydraulics (KUL). This task will provide a good opportunity to apply our experiences to another study area.
Exploration and dissemination policy relating to the results
The experiences and study results will be shared and discussed with the participants of the project. The results of the study will be published in internationally recognized journals and presented on appropriate international conferences.

Presentation author: Andrea Pellizzon