Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 325


Under the Virginia Coastal Resources Management Program Grants (VCRMPG) for FY '93, a tidal prism water quality model has been developed for small coastal basins and tidal creeks. The rationale of the model development is provided and the model is described in detail in Kuo & Park ( 1994). The tidal prism model uses the concept of tidal flushing for physical transport processes. The nutrient and phytoplankton kinetics are mostly from the Chesapeake Bay three-dimensional water quality model (Cereo & Cole 1994), and the model also includes the sediment process model of the main Bay (DiToro & Fitzpatrick 1993). The model has twenty four water column and twenty seven sediment state variables (Table 1-1). The model, being a generic model applicable to any small coastal basins and tidal creeks, and operational on a personal computer, should provide a tool to state and local agencies for water quality management of Virginia's small coastal basins.



Water Quality, Virginia, Modeling


This study was funded, in part, by the Department of Environmental Quality's CoastalResources Management Program through Grant #NA370Z0360-01 of the NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal ResourceManagement, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. The viewsexpressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views ofNOAA or any of its subagencies.