The Coastal Circulation Model of Büyük Menderes River and Adjacent Coastal Areas

In this study, circulation model of Büyük Menderes River and the adjacent coastal areas willbe presented. Büyük Menderes runs through the second biggest alluvial plains in Turkey anddischarges into the Aegean Sea where fishing and tourism are main income for the region.Therefore, an accurate representation of water circulation is important both for the waterquality in the bay and the morphodynamics at the coast of Büyük Menderes Delta.Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM) is used for the circulation modelling mainlybecause use of unstructured grid mesh enables modeling of a larger coastal water body withhigher resolution at river discharge region, efficiently. The model is set-up to assess thepatterns under the forcing of Coriolis, tide, wind, wave (SWAN integration) and river.Results of model runs for March (rainy season) and October (dry season) 2017 will bepresented with comparisons to in situ data(Figure 1). In situ data used in the modelincludes salinity and temperature of seawater and river, river discharge, windcharacteristics, water levels and currentmeasurements at three locations, which wascollected as part of a research projectcampaign funded by The Scientific andTechnological Research Council of Turkey(TUBITAK).These results are going to be used for calibration of the model and it is the first step ofdeveloping regional circulation model for long term scenarios and future changes.


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G. Özyurt Tarakcıoğlu, “The Coastal Circulation Model of Büyük Menderes River and Adjacent Coastal Areas,” 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: