Hydrodynamics of Tidal Inlets

  1. David G. Aubrey and
  2. Lee Weishar
  1. J.van de Kreeke

Published Online: 23 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/LN029p0001

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets

How to Cite

Kreeke, J.van. d. (1988) Hydrodynamics of Tidal Inlets, in Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets (eds D. G. Aubrey and L. Weishar), Springer-Verlag, New York. doi: 10.1029/LN029p0001

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783540968887

Online ISBN: 9781118669242



  • Analytical solutions;
  • Bernoulli Equation and velocity distribution coefficient ?;
  • Hydrodynamics of tidal inlets;
  • Lumped parameter model;
  • Nonlinear filter;
  • Numerical solutions;
  • One dimensional model;
  • Zone of flow establishment (ZOFE)


A review of the hydrodynamics of tidal inlets is presented. In discussing the hydro-dynamics a distinction is made between 1 dimensional (vertically and horizontally averaged) models and 2 dimensional (vertically averaged) models. For the ID models, the governing equations are derived. Numerical and approximate analytical solutions are presented. The analytical solutions are cast in a common framework and compared to a solution obtained on an analog computer. For the 2 dimensional vertically averaged model, problems encountered in the formulation of the equations and the numerical solution techniques are discussed, notably those associated with the lateral shear and the advective acceleration. Finally, a brief review is presented of the analytic expressions for the ebb tidal flow at the ocean side of the inlet (near field hydrodynamics) and the generation of higher harmonics and residual currents.