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Physical Forces Data

Statistics for water levels, currents, vertical current stresses and mixing, and surface wind waves

About the Project

As part of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project, researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology compiled simulated riverside water circulation statistics from a high-resolution numerical model along the tidal Hudson River for the year 2010.

The purpose of this study was to characterize the physical environment (in this case, water levels, currents, vertical current stresses and mixing, and surface wind waves) impacting the Hudson River shoreline.  These data can be used to better understand the physical forces acting on a site, which will improve decision-making about appropriate shoreline management techniques.

High-resolution model by Stevens Institute of Technology mapping physical forces in the Hudson River.

High-resolution model by Stevens Institute of Technology mapping physical forces in the Hudson River.

Information about and Constraints on the Use of this Dataset

The statistical dataset is based on results from a high-definition numerical model of the Hudson River circulation, forced by a year’s worth of in-situ observations. The scope of the present dataset is therefore to provide a detailed picture of the water circulation and surface wave parameters in the tidal Hudson River, based on a numerical model. A validation of the model against 6-minute total water level (tide and surge) observation records at five real time gage locations over the 2010 year revealed Root-Mean-Square (RMS) differences between model and observations ranging from 1 inch near the downstream-most boundary to 7 inches at Albany, NY.

The dataset is intended to characterize energy regimes in the Hudson and to assist in the identification of suitable shoreline stabilization alternatives.  It is not intended to replace a detailed engineering analysis and design. Use at your own risk.

 

Resources

The data from 2010 can be found on the NYS Clearinghouse Website, under Hudson River Estuary Flow Model.

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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