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Coastal Hydrodynamics Modelling
Image of the bathymetry of the Scotian Shelf and Gulf of Maine

Hydrographic and circulation variability on the continental shelf and in coastal embayments is an important factor to various fisheries, climate, environmental impacts, pollution and marineoperations issues.

Scientists in the Coastal Ocean Sciences Section are collaborating in the description, understanding and prediction of hydrodynamics variability and its influences in various parts of the northwestern Atlantic and Arctic coastal oceans. The investigations are using finite-element numerical hydrodynamics models together with various analysis methods to interpret and synthesize observational data. Current activities are focussed on the Scotian and Newfoundland Shelves, Georges Bank, Laurentian Channel, Halifax Harbour, Passamaquoddy Bay and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.


Table of Contents
Research Activity Summaries And Displays
right arrow Atlantic Shelf Hydrographic Variability
right arrow Atlantic Shelf Circulation Modelling
right arrow Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities
right arrow Ecosystem Dynamics and Fisheries Applications
right arrow Coastal Embayments Circulation and Dispersion
right arrow Arctic Archipelago Circulation and Tides
right arrow Operational Oceanography
right arrow Minas Basin Sea Level (Bay of Fundy)
Publications And Reports
right arrow Bibliography
right arrow Selected Papers
Access To Algorithms And Model Fields
right arrow BBLTGUI ver. 7
right arrow OAX Demonstration and Test Case
right arrow WebTide Tidal Prediction Model
right arrow WebDrogue Drift Prediction Model
right arrow resolute: A Finite Element Ocean Model Mesh Generation Routine
right arrow Participants and Collaborators



The shelf research activities have been funded by:

  • Science Branch, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Panel for Energy, Research and Development (PERD), Natural Resources Canada
  • Canada Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) Program
  • U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) Program
  • Interim Funding Research Program of the Ocean Production Enhancement Network
  • Cod and Redfish Environmental Research, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Canadian Lobster Atlantic-Wide Studies, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Oceans Branch, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Strategic Science Fund, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Department of National Defence

The coastal embayment research activities have been funded by:

  • Science Branch, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Coastal Oceanography for Sustainable Aquaculture Development (COSAD), Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Currents Prediction in Coastal Navigation Zones, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • New Brunswick Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Climate Change Action Fund, Environment Canada
  • Marine Environment Program, Canadian Space Agency
  Last Updated : 2014-01-21 Important Notices