2011 ADCIRC Workshop Press Release

Oceanography Division Hosts ADCIRC Workshop


NRL’s Oceanography Division held the 15th ADCIRC Workshop for users and developers of the Advanced Circulation model on April 18 and 19 at Stennis Space Center.

ADCIRC is an open-source ocean model that simulates currents, water level, storm surges, temperature, and salinity in the coastal ocean including regions of shallow shelf waters, estuaries and rivers.

The annual workshop also included a follow-on, three-day ADCIRC boot camp, where users received hands-on training on the model and associated software.  Originally established to promote collaboration between U.S. Army and Navy regarding ADCIRC, the workshop has evolved to include an even more extensive audience. The 2011 workshop hosted 91 attendees representing 7 government agencies, 11 universities, and 13 companies, including visitors from Canada, United Kingdom, Korea, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

“The result has been cooperative and targeted development of the ADCIRC model that addresses needs for diverse range of applications and users,” said Dr. Cheryl Ann Blain, who founded the annual meeting in 1996.

This year, in addition to discussing modifications, updates and known issues, workshop attendees demonstrated ADCIRC’s operational modeling applications and performance results, presented nesting and coupled modeling output and feedback, and shared results of storm surge studies.

The workshop rotates among NRL, Engineer Research and Development Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.