Wind Surge: Interactive On-line Mac and PC
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Wind surge (more info)
is a JAVA based applet for exploring how water level on the windward and leeward side of a basin depends on wind speed, basin length, water depth, and boundary type. Theoretical discussion is provided.
Context for Use
This Applet can be useful when studying Hurricanes and storm surge in an introductory geoscience course.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Student problem: Assess the effect of varying the windspeed on the surge elevations for a given basin geometry. Do the same with the water depth and basin length for a fixed wind speed. Plot your results.
Student problem: Examine the influence of the end wall. Find a basin size and wind speed such that a given wall height is overtopped (note: if overtopping occurs, the word 'overtopping' is written next to the eta(l) value.) Then, increase the wall elevation until overtopping stops. Explain the difference in results.
Both of these student problems were suggested by Robert A. Dalrymple, Center for Applied Coastal Research,University of Delaware, Newark DE 19716,USA
References and Resources
Extreme weather, Geoscience:Oceanography:
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Grade LevelCollege Lower (13-14):
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