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Hydrodynamic Modeling of Charlotte Harbor
Goals and Objectives
Charlotte harbor is an important estuarine system in Southwest Florida which receives water from the Peace River, Myakka River, and Caloosahatchee River. The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program identified three major problems for the estuary: Hydrologic alterations, nutrient enrichment and habitat loss. In order to address these, it is useful to have a comprehensive understanding of the circulation in the entire inter-connected estuarine system where significant circulation occurs due to the actions of tide, wind and density gradient.

A calibrated and validated integrated modeling system, e.g., the CH3D-IMS (Sheng et al., 2002) can be used by resource management agencies to set science-based loading limits, e.g., pollutant load reduction goal (PLRG), total maximum daily load (TMDL), and minimum flow and level (MFL) criteria, to a water body. Similarly, a validated integrated storm surge modeling system can be used to quantitatively delineate flood zones and guide hurricane evacuation.
Available Outputs

Title: Circulation in the Charlotte Harbor Estuarine System. Proceedings of the Charlotte Harbor Public Conference. 1998.
Authors: Sheng, Y. Peter

Title: Integrated-Process and Integrated-Scale Modeling of Large Coastal and Estuarine Areas. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling (ASCE, St. Petersburg, Florida), pp. 407–422. 2004
Authors: Sheng, Y. P., J. R. Davis, V. Paramygin, K. Park, T. Kim, and V. Alymov

Title: Modeling water quality and hypoxia dynamics in Upper Charlotte Harbor, Florida, U.S.A. during 2000. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 90(4):250-263. 2010.
Authors: Kim, T., Sheng, P., Park, K.

Title: Report: . Hydrodynamic Modeling of Charlotte Harbor in Support of the Determination of Minimum Flows for the Lower Peace and Myakka Rivers. Report prepared by the Civil & Coastal Engineering Department, University of Florida, for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 2006
Authors: Sheng, Y.P., T. Kim, J. Davis, and S. Schofield
Project Lead
Sheng, Yeayi P
Project Participants
Sheng, Yeayi P
Coastal Zones
Level 1: WI Affiliated Faculty Project
Water, Land Use and Ecosystems
Grant Award Dates
12/4/2002 to 7/30/2006