Movie:Waterlevel in Wax Lake during Rita


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Waterlevel in Wax Lake Delta during hurricane Rita

Key Attributes

Domain: coastal, marine
Keywords: tides, storm surge, delta, inundation
Model name: Delft3D
Name: Fei, Xing
Where: Wax lake delta, Atchafalya Bay, Louisiana
When: 18th-29th September 2005

Short Description

Grade level: High (9-12), Under graduate (13-16)

Statement: water level height during Hurricane Rita 2005

Abstract: Hurricane Rita was an intense tropical cyclone, which occurred in September 2005. It was a really intense event, with high sustained winds (upto 38 m/s) and waves in the Gulf of Mexico were observed to be over 6 m high. The hurricane made landfall in Texas on September 24th, directly west of the area shown in this simulation.

This animation shows results of a Delft3D simulation to study the effects of Hurricane Rita on the Wax Lake delta in Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana (USA). The model domain is 25 by 30km. We are showing a set of parameters of this hurricane event to compare the water level (this animation), the wave height and the erosion and deposition in the delta (other animations in the EKT repository). The water level in the Wax lake delta varies with the tidal cycle in the Atchafalaya Bay, you can see the tides flooding the delta and small islands and bars emerging during low tide. On September 24th 2005 hurricane Rita approaches and sets down the water, then the eye passes and the delta is inundated by 2-3 m of water.




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