The management and preservation of coastal environmental and water resources require a good understanding of the hydrodynamics and transport processes of these systems. Coastal water systems may include rivers, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, and bays. Coastal watersheds are sources of pollutant and nutrient loadings to the coastal receiving waters. In recent years, numerical models have been popularly used as management tools by water resources professionals to support planning activities. Due to the complexity of the hydrodynamic and transport processes, researchers are continually developing new models, enhancing existing models, and applying models to address stratified flow in reservoirs and rivers, pollutant spills, surface and ground water interactions, wave-current interactions, storm surges, and near shore currents resulting from breaking waves.

This special issue of the Journal of Coastal Research collects twenty-six papers on surface water modeling. It covers six topics related to research and management...

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