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The POLCOMS-WAM wave-current interaction model: development and performance in the NW Mediterranean
Bolaños, R.; Osuna, P.; Wolf, J.; Monbaliu, J.; Sanchez-Arcilla, A. (2008). The POLCOMS-WAM wave-current interaction model: development and performance in the NW Mediterranean, in: Soares, C.G. et al. (Ed.) Maritime industry, ocean engineering and coastal resources. Proceedings and Monographs in Engineering, Water and Earth Sciences, 1-2: pp. 685-691
In: Soares, C.G.; Kolev, P.N. (Ed.) (2008). Maritime industry, ocean engineering and coastal resources. Proceedings and Monographs in Engineering, Water and Earth Sciences, 1-2. Taylor & Francis: London. ISBN 978-0-415-45523-7. , more
In: Proceedings and Monographs in Engineering, Water and Earth Sciences. Balkema/Taylor & Francis: Leiden, more
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  • Bolaños, R.
  • Osuna, P.
  • Wolf, J.
  • Monbaliu, J., more
  • Sanchez-Arcilla, A.

Abstract
    Ocean processes do not take place in isolation but interact with one another to form a complex system. This paper focuses on these processes by using and developing the POLCOMS-WAM model. The Stokes' drift and radiation stress effect on currents have been included, following state of the art formulations. The system is evaluated in the NW Mediterranean and in particular the Catalan coast. Due to oceanographic properties of the Catalan coast, currents are typically less than 20 cm/s and therefore the modification of waves due to the effect of currents is minimum. However, the wave induced currents, mainly caused by enhanced wind drag due to waves, produce a current of about the same magnitude as the ambient one and thus become an important source of mass transport. This may have an important effect in dispersion and transport of particles such as pollutants, larvae, etc.

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