Information regarding the spatial and temporal organization of river flow is required for many applications in river management, and is a fundamental requirement in ecohydraulics. As an alternative to detailed field surveys and to mesohabitat reconnaissance schemes, potential exists to deploy numerical flow simulation as an assessment and design tool. A key question is the extent to which complex hydrodynamic models are really practical in river management applications. This paper presents experiences using sediment simulation in intakes with multiblock, a three-dimensional modeling code, in conjunction with a statistical approach for classifying the spatiotemporal dynamics of flow behavior. Even in a simple configuration, the model is able to replicate well flow structures which associate with the mesohabitat concepts used in field reconnaissance techniques. The model also captures spatiotemporal dynamics in flow and depth behavior at these scales. However, because the model shows differential performance between flow stages and between differing channel (bed form) units, the smaller-scale and discharge-dependent dynamics of some zones within the channel may be less-well represented, and the implications of this for future research are noted.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Hydraulic Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|