In 2012 we lost Jean Jacques Peters, former engineer of Flanders Hydraulics Research (1964 till 1979) and international expert in sediment transport, river hydraulics and morphology. As a tribute to him we have created potamology, a virtual memorial archive whose aim is to preserve and disseminate his way of thinking and his morphological approach to river problems all over the world.This archive provides four modules, each with its specific information set relevant to Peters’ work. Where available and if not confidential, there will also be access to the full text. In dialogue with Peters’ family we continue to make his life’s work accessible.
Modelling fine-grained sediment transport in the Mahakam land–sea continuum, Indonesia
Pham Van, C.; Gourgue, O.; Sassi, M.; Hoitink, A.J.F.; Deleersnijder, E.; Soares-Frazao, S. (2016). Modelling fine-grained sediment transport in the Mahakam land–sea continuum, Indonesia. J. Hydro-environ. Res. 13: 103-120. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jher.2015.04.005
SLIM is an unstructured mesh, finite element model of environmental and geophysical fluid flows, which is being improved to simulate fine-grained sediment transport in riverine and marine water systems. A 2D depth-averaged version of the model is applied to the Mahakam Delta (Borneo, Indonesia), the adjacent ocean, and three lakes in the central part of the Mahakam River catchment. The 2D code is coupled to a 1D section-averaged model for the Mahakam River and four tributaries. The coupled 2D/1D model is mainly aimed at simulating fine-grained sediment transport in the riverine and marine water continuum of the Mahakam River system. Using the observations of suspended sediment concentration (SSC) at five locations in the computational domain, the modelling parameters are first determined in a calibration step, for a given period of time. A validation step is then performed using data related to another period of time. It is concluded that the coupled 2D/1D model reproduces very well the observed suspended sediment distribution within the delta. The spatial distribution of sediment concentration in the delta and its temporal variation are also discussed.