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Effect of Wind on Surface Water Flows
The objective of this project is to provide key information regarding the effect of wind on surface water flow to those attempting to model that type of flow in South Florida. This information will improve the representation of the physical processes involved in moving the water in and through the Everglades. In addition, it will improve the design and implementation of data collection efforts necessary to provide boundary conditions used to drive the flow models. The overall strategy of this study involves three components: (1) a series of experiments using an enclosed wind cowling constructed on top of the indoor flume at Stennis Space Center to study vegetative effects, (2) collection of a number of contemporaneous time-series measurements of wind speed and direction from instruments already deployed at various locations within the Everglades and bordering embayments, (3) combination of results from these two efforts to provide improved wind forcing and boundary conditions for surface water models.