Articles | Volume 14, issue 12
Research article
08 Dec 2014
Research article |  | 08 Dec 2014

Numerical experiments of storm winds, surges, and waves on the southern coast of Korea during Typhoon Sanba: the role of revising wind force

J. J. Yoon, J. S. Shim, K. S. Park, and J. C. Lee

Abstract. The southern coastal area of Korea has often been damaged by storm surges and waves due to the repeated approach of strong typhoons every year. The integrated model system is applied to simulate typhoon-induced winds, storm surges, and surface waves in this region during Typhoon Sanba in 2012. The TC96 planetary boundary layer wind model is used for atmospheric forcing and is modified to incorporate the effect of the land's roughness on the typhoon wind. Numerical experiments are carried out to investigate the effects of land-dissipated wind on storm surges and waves using the three-dimensional, unstructured grid, Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM), which includes integrated storm surge and wave models with highly refined grid resolutions along the coastal region of complex geometry and topography. Compared to the measured data, the numerical models have successfully simulated storm winds, surges, and waves. Better agreement between the simulated and measured storm winds has been found when considering the effect of wind dissipation by land roughness. In addition, this modified wind force leads to clearly improved results in storm surge simulations, whereas the wave results have shown only slight improvement. The study results indicate that the effect of land dissipation on wind force plays a significant role in the improvement of water level modeling inside coastal areas.

Short summary
We report the results on the effectiveness of an improved approach to surge and wave simulation by revising wind force. We tested the wind dissipation effects caused by land roughness with various land use types near the coast for wind field generation. As a result, better agreement between the simulated and measured storm winds have been found when considering wind dissipation effects. This modified wind force leads to clearly improved results for storm surge and wave simulation.
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