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Model type Single
Model part of larger framework
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Spatial dimensions 2D
Spatial extent Reach-Scale
Model domain Coastal
One-line model description Finite Volume two-dimensional shock-capturing model.
Extended model description The numerical model solves the two-dimensional shallow water equations with different modes of sediment transport (bed-load and suspended load) (Canestrelli et al. 2009, Canestrelli et al, 2010). The scheme solves the system of partial differential equations cast in a non-conservative form, but it has the important characteristic of reducing automatically to a conservative scheme if the underlying system of equations is a conservation law. The scheme thus belongs to the so-called category of “shock-capturing” schemes. At the present I am adding a new module for the computation of mud flows, and I want to apply the model to the Fly River (Papua New Guinea) system.

hydro-morphodynamic, fluvial,

First name Alberto
Last name Canestrelli
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Boston University
Postal address 1 675 Commonwealth Avenue
Postal address 2
Town / City Boston
Postal code 02215
State Massachusetts
Country United States
Email address
Phone 6174120677

Supported platforms Linux, Windows
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Programming language Fortran90
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Code optimized Single Processor, Multiple Processors
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development 2009
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Model availability As code
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Program license type GPL v2
Program license type other
Memory requirements 2 GBytes
Typical run time 1 hour - several days

Describe input parameters A long list of coefficient depending on the differential equations that are being solved and on the chosen closure relationships.
Input format ASCII
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Describe output parameters depth, liquid and solid discharges along x and y. In the multi-layer version(under development), these are provided for each layer.
Output format Binary
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? Yes
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Other visualization software Incidenze

Describe processes represented by the model The numerical model solves the two-dimensional shallow water equations with different modes of sediment transport. Moreover are presently implemented the Savage-Hutter type model describing avalanches of granular materials (not tested yet) and the equations governing the motion of two layers of immiscible fluid.
Describe key physical parameters and equations Momentum and continuity differential equations are solved for each layer. Closure equations are solved for bed-load discharge and entrainment/deposition.
Describe length scale and resolution constraints Hundreds of Km (the reach of a river).
Describe time scale and resolution constraints Days/months. When running for more then few month the simulation time is very large.
Describe any numerical limitations and issues At the present I am trying to improve the wetting and drying algorithm, unphysical large velocities are sometime produced at the wet/dry front.

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Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? I am presently doing a post-doctorate at Boston University with professor Sergio Fagherazzi.
Is there a manual available? No
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
DOI model 10.1594/IEDA/100130
For model version 0.1
Year version submitted 2011
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Citation indices FVshock
Nr. of pubs: 3
Citations: 154
h-index: 2
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Citation indices FVshock
Nr. of pubs: 3
Citations: 154
h-index: 2

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Canestrelli, Alberto; Siviglia, Annunziato; Dumbser, Michael; Toro, Eleuterio F.; 2009. Well-balanced high-order centred schemes for non-conservative hyperbolic systems. Applications to shallow water equations with fixed and mobile bed. Advances in Water Resources, 32, 834–844. 10.1016/j.advwatres.2009.02.006
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