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Model type Modular
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Model domain Coastal
One-line model description GENEralized model for SImulating Shoreline change
Extended model description GENESIS calculates shoreline change produced by statial and temporal differences in longshore sand transport produced by breaking waves. The shoreline evolution portion of the numerical modeling system is based on one-line shoreline change theory, which assumes that the beach profile shape remains unchanged, allowing shoreline change to be described uniquely in terms of the translation of a single point (for example, Mean High Water shoreline) on the profile.

shoreline evolution, coastal sediment transport,

Name Mark Gravens
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization US Army Corps of Engineers
Postal address 1 3909 Halls Ferry Road
Postal address 2
Town / City Vicksburg
Postal code 39180
State Mississippi
Country United States
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Phone 601-634-3809
Fax 601-634-4314

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Code optimized Single Processor
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Start year development 1985
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Program license type Other
Program license type other Commercial
Memory requirements Typical
Typical run time Minutes to hours

Describe input parameters Shoreline position, time series of offshore wave height, period, and direction. Coastal structures and their physical attributes. Optionally, nearshore wave information from an external wave model.
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Describe output parameters Shoreline position, breaking wave information, estimated longshore sand transport rates.
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? Yes
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Visualization software needed? Yes
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Other visualization software any software able to visualize gridded data (RiverTools / 3DEM)

Describe processes represented by the model GENESIS was designed to describe long-term trends of the beach plan shape in the course of its approach to an equilibrium form. The shoreline change model best calculates shoreline movement in transition from one equilibrium state to another. This change is usually caused by a notable pertubation, for example, jetty construction at a harbor or inlet, or placement of beach nourishment material.
Describe key physical parameters and equations Breaking wave conditions are estimated from input wave information using linear wave theory. Longshore sand transport rates are estimated using a modified version of the CERC equation and the equation governing shoreline change is formulated by conservation of sand volume.
Describe length scale and resolution constraints The longshore extent of the modeled reach can range from less than 1 mile to 10's of miles.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints GENESIS is a long-term shoreline evolution model and is best applied to estimate shoreline change over time periods of 1 year to 10's of years.
Describe any numerical limitations and issues Does not consider influence of cross-shore sand transport, not intended for short-term storm-induced shoreline change. No wave reflection from structures. No direct provision for changing tide level.

Describe available calibration data sets No specific calibration data sets available. GENESIS has enjoyed many practical applications within the engineering and scientific community, results routinely published in proceedings of coastal conferences.
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Is there a manual available? Yes
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BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
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