SedPlume simulates glacial meltwater plume dynamics and sedimentation. SedPlume is an integral model, solving the conservation equations of volume, momentum, buoyancy and sediment flux along the path of a turbulent plume injected into stably stratified ambient fluid. Sedimentation occurs from the plume when the radial component of the sediment fall velocity exceeds the entrainment velocity. When the plume reaches the surface, it is treated as a radially spreading surface gravity current, for which exact solutions exist for the sediment deposition rate. Flocculation of silt and clay particles is modeled using empirical measurements of particle settling velocities in fjords to adjust the settling velocity of fine-grained sediments.
This model was developed by Ruth Mugford during her PhD work at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge from 2004-2008. It is supplied "as is", so it may require some tweeking to get it running on your system. Feel free to contact Ruth if you are planning on using the model it as she is still working on it.
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