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Lynett, P. J., & Tavakkol, S. (2018). INTERACTIVE AND IMMERSIVE COASTAL HYDRODYNAMIC SIMULATION. Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 1(36), waves.63.


In this presentation, we will discuss the development and application of a GPU-based Boussinesq-type wave model. The novelty of this approach is that it is meant to serve the primary purpose of being interactive - allowing the user to modify the boundary conditions and model parameters as the model is running, and to see the effect of these changes immediately. To accomplish this, the model is coded in a shader language environment, and our physical variables (e.g. ocean surface elevation, water velocity) are represented in the model as textures, which can be rapidly rendered and visualized via a GPU. This software can help scientists better understand nearshore wave dynamics as it allows them to observe wave interactions in real-time and modify the boundary conditions and model parameters as the model is running to see the effect of these changes immediately. The model is named "Celeris†, and is released under the GNU (open-source, open-access) license.


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