Hindcast of hurricane storm surge for Puerto Rico using a tight coupling unstructured current model SELFE (Semi-implicit Eulerian-Lagrangian Finite Element) and the WWM II (Wind Wave Model II)

dc.contributor.advisor Mercado, Aurelio Rodriguez-Fernandez, Ernesto J. College of Arts and Sciences - Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.committee Morell, Julio
dc.contributor.committee Canals, Miguel
dc.contributor.committee Kubaryk, John M.
dc.contributor.department Department of Marine Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.representative Huerfano, Victor 2018-11-10T13:38:03Z 2018-11-10T13:38:03Z 2013
dc.description.abstract A state-of-the-art, semi-implicit Eulerian-Lagrangian finite element model SELFE and a spectral wave model (WWM II) were tested in Puerto Rico. The research was focused mainly in validating the coupled model in a complex island environment. In this thesis, a fully coupled wave-current interaction model, SELFE+WWM II is used to hindcast the storm surge, water levels and wave fields of two hurricanes that impacted Puerto Rico during 1998 and 2011. Hurricane Georges in 1998 and Hurricane Irene in 2011 were the last two hurricanes that made landfall over mainland Puerto Rico. In general, the results from SELFE+WWM II indicate a good agreement with the observed data for both cases. Overall, the study showed that SELFE+WWM II has huge potential to be implemented as an operational model to forecast storm surge, wave field and coastal inundation when the user provides the best possible representation of the hurricane track and the intensity of the winds en_US
dc.description.abstract Un modelo no-estructurado semi-implícito de circulación (Semi-implicit Eulerian-Lagrangian Finite Element model (SELFE)), acoplado con un modelo espectral de oleaje (Wind Wave Model II (WWM II)) fue probado en Puerto Rico. Este proyecto estuvo enfocado mayormente en validar el modelo acoplado en un ambiente complejo, en este caso una isla. En esta tesis, el modelo acoplado de circulación y oleaje fue SELFE+WWM II, el cual fue usado para recrear la marejada ciclónica, los niveles del agua y los campos de olas para dos huracanes de impactaron a Puerto Rico para el 1998 y el 2011. Los últimos dos huracanes que se movieron sobre Puerto Rico fueron el huracán Georges en el 1998 y el huracán Irene en el 2011. En general, los resultados del modelo SELFE+WWM II indicaron una buena correlación con los datos observación para cada uno de los casos. Este estudio se demostró que el modelo SELFE+WWM II tiene un gran potencial para ser implementado como un modelo operacional para pronosticar la marejada ciclónica, el campo de olas y la inundación costera, si el usuario provee la mayor representación de la trayectoria e intensidad del ciclón tropical. en_US
dc.description.graduationSemester Summer en_US
dc.description.graduationYear 2013 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.holder (c) 2013 Ernesto J. Rodriguez Fernandez en_US
dc.rights.license All rights reserved en_US
dc.subject Storm surges--Monitoring--Puerto Rico en_US
dc.subject Hurricane waves--Monitoring--Puerto Rico en_US
dc.subject SELFE (Semi-implicit Eulerian-Lagrangian Finite Element)--Puerto Rico en_US
dc.subject WWM II (Wind Wave Model II)--Puerto Rico en_US
dc.subject Storm surges--Forecasts--Puerto Rico en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Storm surges--Puerto Rico. en_US
dc.title Hindcast of hurricane storm surge for Puerto Rico using a tight coupling unstructured current model SELFE (Semi-implicit Eulerian-Lagrangian Finite Element) and the WWM II (Wind Wave Model II) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication Marine Sciences en_US M.S. en_US
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