15th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference 2019, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 13 - 15 May 2019, pp.1
In this study, circulation model of Büyük Menderes River and the adjacent coastal areas will
be presented. Büyük Menderes runs through the second biggest alluvial plains in Turkey and
discharges 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 water
quality 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 mainly
because use of unstructured grid mesh enables modeling of a larger coastal water body with
higher resolution at river discharge region, efficiently. The model is set-up to assess the
patterns 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 be
presented with comparisons to in situ data
(Figure 1). In situ data used in the model
includes salinity and temperature of sea
water and river, river discharge, wind
characteristics, water levels and current
measurements at three locations, which was
collected as part of a research project
campaign funded by The Scientific and
Technological Research Council of Turkey
These results are going to be used for calibration of the model and it is the first step of
developing regional circulation model for long term scenarios and future changes.