1. General Model Information

Name: Estuary and Lake Computer Model

Acronym: ELCOM

Main medium: aquatic
Main subject: hydrology, biogeochimstry, hydrodynamics
Organization level: Ecosystem
Type of model: not specified (3D)
Main application: research
Keywords: hydrodynamics, natural water bodies, lakes, estuary


Centre for Water Research (CWR)
The University of Western Australia,
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, Western Australia.



ELCOM is a three-dimensional hydrodynamics model used for predicting the velocity, temperature and salinity distribution in natural water bodies subjected to external environmental forcing such as wind stress, surface heating or cooling.

ELCOM is designed to facilitate modelling studies of aquatic systems over time scales extending to a few weeks, though the limit of computational feasibility depends on the size and resolution requirements of an application and computational resources. ELCOM is suited for comparative studies of the summer and winter circulation patterns, spring versus neap tidal cycles, or dispersal conditions under different flow regimes.

ELCOM can be run either in isolation for hydrodynamic studies, or coupled with CAEDYM for simulation of biological and chemical processes.

II. Technical Information

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III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

Last review of this document by: Juergen Bierwirth 22.03.2001
Status of the document:
last modified by Tobias Gabele Wed Aug 21 21:44:42 CEST 2002

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