What is ADCIRC and what can it do?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 and therefore can be run on highly flexible, irregularly spaced grids. Typical ADCIRC applications have included: (i) modeling tidally and wind driven circulation in coastal waters, (ii) forecasting hurricane storm surge and flooding, (iii) dredging feasibility and material disposal studies, and (iv) larval transport studies.
What platforms does ADCIRC run on?ADCIRC runs on platforms including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux workstations, Unix workstations and largely parallel HPC machines including Linux clusters, Suns, Crays, IBMs, etc. We are not aware of any platform that supports Fortran that ADCIRC does not run on. We routinely use the Intel and PGI Fortran compilers. On parallel machines an MPI library is necessary.
What does ADCIRC need as input?A set of files which defines such things as: Grid and boundary information, Model parameter and periodic boundary conditions, Passive scalar transport, Nodal attributes, Non-periodic elevation boundary conditions, Non-periodic, normal flux boundary conditions, Meteorological forcing input (single or multi file), Wave radiation stress forcing, Self attraction/earth load tide forcing, 2DDI Hot start
What does ADCIRC create as output?A series of files which contain fluid elevation/depth and velocity, wind velocity, and atmospheric pressure. These can be 3D or 2D depending on the input.
How do I visualize the results?There are tools to generate Google Earth KMZ graphics from the ADCIRC results.
What if I find a bug in the code?There is a list serve (email@example.com) where bugs can be reported. The primary contributors (Joannes Westerink and Rick Luettich) welcome bug reports.
How can I contribute to the development of ADCIRC?The list serve (firstname.lastname@example.org) is good place to start connecting with people who are currently active within the development community. There is an ADCIRC community workshop each year which is open to anyone. More information can be found on the list serve.