Advanced CIRCulation (ADCIRC)

ADCIRC is a system of computer programs for solving time dependent, free surface circulation and transport problems in two and three dimensions. These programs utilize the finite element method in space allowing the use of highly flexible, unstructured grids.

ADCIRC simulates tidal circulation and storm surge propagation over large computational domains, eliminating the need for imposing approximate open-water boundary conditions that can create inaccuracies in model results, while simultaneously providing high resolution in areas of complex shoreline and bathymetry where it is needed to maximize simulation accuracy.

Targeted areas for ADCIRC application include continental shelves, nearshore coastal areas, inlets and estuaries.

Typical ADCIRC applications include the following:

  • prediction of storm surge and flooding
  • modeling tides and wind driven circulation
  • larval transport studies
  • near shore marine operations
  • dredging feasibility and material disposal studies
Last modified
15 April 2021 - 11:54am