SIMULATION OF TIDES AND STORM SURGES IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF REGION

K.P. Stark, L. Bode, L.B. Mason

Abstract


The Great Barrier Reef Region which constitutes the north-eastern continental shelf waters of Australia, is an area that is subject to both large astronomical tides and the passage of tropical cyclones (hurricanes). One section of this area, centred on Mackay, is characterised by particularly high tides, with a springs range of order 10 metres. Numerical hydrodynamic modelling is used in the present study to: (a) simulate the M tide to investigate possible effects of the reef barrier on tidal amplification; (b) simulate the passage of a tropical cyclone across the continental shelf; (c) investigate the effect and consequences of non-linear surge/tide interactions. The recent discovery of a major shipping route through the reef in this area and the continuing development of natural resources makes a much more detailed understanding of the region's hydrodynamics essential for coastal engineering.

Keywords


reef; great barrier reef; surge simulation; tide simulation

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