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USGS Scientists Attend U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Numerical-Modeling Workshop

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John Warner (Woods Hole, MA) and Jingping Xu (Menlo Park, CA) attended the Surface-Water Modeling System (SMS) workshop from July 29 to August 2 in Vicksburg, MS. More than 50 scientists and engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and private consulting firms attended the workshop to learn the SMS modeling system. The SMS software provides graphical user interfaces to several hydrodynamic, wave-current, and sediment-transport models, grid-generation tools, model-input-parameter selections, intermodel communication, and model-output-visualization tools. The underlying models presented at the workshop consisted of ADCIRC, M2D, STWAVE, and CGWAVE; however, the SMS system contains many other numerical models.

The workshop was held at the USACE's Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), formerly the Waterways Experimentation Station (WES), in Vicksburg, MS, one of the leading centers for coastal engineering in the world. Attendees were given a tour of the ERDC facilities that included visits to physical models of Grays Harbor (WA) and Chicago Harbor (IL), large-scale flume studies of littoral sand transport, and inlet-study models. The workshop was under the direction of the USACE's Coastal Inlets Research Program, led by Nicholas Kraus. USGS participation at the workshop was part of a continuing effort to learn about existing models of sediment transport and ultimately to develop, test, and utilize community coastal-sediment-transport models. The exchange of information will strengthen working relations between the two Federal agencies.

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