The Coastal Inlets Research Program (CIRP) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) has developed a nearshore spectral wave transformation numerical model to address needs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) navigation projects. The model is called CMS-Wave and is part of Coastal Modeling System (CMS) for wave estimates in the vicinity of coastal and estuarine navigation channels. It can simulate important wave processes at coastal inlets including wave diffraction, refraction, reflection, wave breaking and dissipation mechanisms, wave-current interaction, and wave generation and growth. This paper describes recent improvements in CMS-Wave that include semi-empirical estimates of wave run-up and overtopping, nonlinear wave-wave interactions, and wave dissipation over muddy bottoms. CMS-Wave may be used with nested grids and variable rectangular cells in a rapid mode to assimilate full-plane wave generation for circulation and sediment transport models. A brief description of these recent capabilities is provided.
nearshore wave processes
numerical wave modeling