Model:The TELEMAC system


The TELEMAC system


Model type Modular
Model part of larger framework
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 2D, 3D
Spatial extent Regional-Scale
Model domain Hydrology, Marine
One-line model description a powerful integrated modeling tool for use in the field of free-surface flows.
Extended model description The TELEMAC system is a powerful integrated modeling tool for use in the field of free-surface flows. The various simulation modules use high-capacity algorithms based on the finite-element method. Space is discretised in the form of an unstructured grid of triangular elements, which means that it can be refined particularly in areas of special interest. This avoids the need for systematic use of embedded models, as is the case with the finite-difference method.It has numerous applications in both river and maritime hydraulics.

hydrodynamics, coastal and marine, fluvial, groundwater,

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Last name TELEMAC support team
Type of contact
Institute / Organization The TELEMAC Consortium
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Country Europe
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Supported platforms Unix, Linux, Windows
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Programming language Fortran77, Fortran90
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Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
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Source csdms web address
Program license type GPL v3
Program license type other
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Describe input parameters Data that are used for TELEMAC model runs are:

a. Initial condition: A ‘CONSTANT ELEVATION’ is prescribed throughout the model. This initializes the free surface elevation at a constant value supplied by the keyword “INTIAL ELEVATION. b. Bathymetry. c. Wind Data. d. Tide Data other parameters are given according to the modules are used

Input format ASCII
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Describe output parameters Depend on different modules that are using, it can produce hydrodynamics, such as water velocity and depth; vertical density (3D); temperature plumes and salt wedge; water quality; sediment concentration and transport; underground water velocity field; wave parameters;
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Pre-processing software needed? Yes
Describe pre-processing software It is used to digitize the data and describe the problem, simulation programmes
Post-processing software needed? Yes
Describe post-processing software Post processors are used for displaying and analyzing the results
Visualization software needed? No
If above answer is yes
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Describe available test data sets There are some cases for testing on website:

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Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers?
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available: Media:Tutorial matissegb.pdf
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
Is this a data component
Can be coupled with:
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- TELEMAC support team
Nr. of publications: 220
Total citations: 3284
h-index: 31
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Nr. of publications: 220
Total citations: 3284
h-index: 31

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Heniche, Mourad; Secretan, Yves; Boudreau, Paul; Leclerc, Michel; 2000. A two-dimensional finite element drying-wetting shallow water model for rivers and estuaries. Advances in Water Resources, 23, 359–372. 10.1016/S0309-1708(99)00031-7
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2000The TELEMAC system
Model overview 134
Galland, Jean-Charles; Goutal, Nicole; Hervouet, Jean-Michel; 1991. TELEMAC: A new numerical model for solving shallow water equations. Advances in Water Resources, 14, 138–148. 10.1016/0309-1708(91)90006-A
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1991The TELEMAC system
Model overview 141
Hervouet, J.-M.; 2000. A high resolution 2-D dam-break model using parallelization. Hydrological Processes, 14, 2211–2230. 10.1002/1099-1085(200009)14:133.0.CO;2-8
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2000The TELEMAC system
Model application 71
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