AbstractThe existence and evolution of bedforms on the seafloor have significant effects in the areas of oceanography, marine geophysics, and underwater acoustics including the transport of sediment, wave energy attenuation, and seabed sonar scattering and penetration. Here, we present a wave-seafloor modeling system that couples a spectral seafloor boundary layer model (NSEA) with an operational wave model (SWAN) that includes the dynamic feedback between the predicted wave spectra and the wave generated bedforms on the seafloor through a bottom roughness parameter. NSEA is a seafloor spectral model that uses hydrodynamic input forcing forecasted by the wave model SWAN to predict the evolving seafloor spectra given a sediment grain diameter and an estimation of the biologic activity. The system can be used to determine the spatially and temporally varying bottom roughness under given wave forcing important for coastal morphology and acoustic applications.
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