WAMSI 2 - Dredging Node - Theme 2 Project 3.4 Development of a Numerical Dredging Model

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WAMSI 2 - Dredging Node - Theme 2 Project 3.4 Development of a Numerical Dredging Model

In Western Australia (WA), the Environmental Impact Assessment process requires dredging proponents to make scientifically sound predictions of the likely extent, severity, and persistence of environmental impacts of the proposed activity under a spatially defined zoning pattern. This is achieved by using coupled hydrodynamic, wave and sediment tra... more

Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Management Environmental Monitoring Physical Oceanography

01 Apr 2013

31 Dec 2014

Chaojiao Sun

sediment dredge plume hydrodynamic DELFT3D passive plume Wheatstone Chevron Environmental Impact Assessment

Three models (hydrodynamic, wave and sediment transport models) were set-up for the study site, Chevron Australia's Wheatstone LNG Project, located 12 km west of Onslow (in the Pilbara region of Western Australia). Data from a range of sources were compiled and analysed for use in the study and included electronic and daily dredging logs, current meters, Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) measurements, turbidity (NTU) sensors, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) sensors, sediment traps and multi-beam bathymetric survey data. Data from a field trip completed by CSIRO and Curtain University was also utilised. A 14-year-long derived TSS dataset for the Pilbara region using Moderate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite was developed in Dorji et al. (2016). . A description of the model set-up and results, including details of the sensitivity analysis (and validation of source terms) is included in the Final Report (see online resources link). Two model output data files are provided in the CSIRO DAP record (see online resources link): FILE 1 Timeseries output at 14 minute intervals for 256 history points across the model domain ( FILE 2 Map series output at 60 minute intervals for the model domain ( Variable descriptions and units are provided in the file metadata. Example outputs include wave height, peak wave period, suspended solids concentration, water currents, water levels, bed shear stress etc. Simulation data files are in netCDF format with CF-1.6 conventions.

Chaojiao Sun (CSIRO) Paul Branson (CSIRO) Graham Simmonds (CSIRO) Kenji Shimizu (CSIRO) Stephanie Contardo (CSIRO) Nick Mortimer (CSIRO)

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CSIRO (Australia), Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) (Australia)

Sun, Chaojiao; Branson, Paul; Graham, Symonds; Contardo, Stephanie; Shimizu, Kenji; Mortimer, Nick (2017): WAMSI 2 - Dredging Node - Theme 2 Project 3.4 Development of a Numerical Dredging Model. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.

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20°3′56.628″ S

21°40′38.388″ S

116°51′46.512″ E

114°35′19.5″ E


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Chaojiao Sun

Research Scientist




About this Project

WAMSI Dredg T2-3 Gen Sediment

The overall objective of Project 2/3.4 was to improve the predictive capabilities of sediment dispersion modelling that incorporate dynamic plume and passive plume processes through assessing model sensitivity to key forcing and parameter values, such as met-ocean condition, particle settling velocity distribution, critical shear stress, sediment e... more

Chaojiao Sun

Sediment Plume Modelling

Hydrodynamic, wave and sediment transport modelling using Delft3D.


Chaojiao Sun

Paul Branson

Symonds Graham

Stephanie Contardo

Kenji Shimizu

Nick Mortimer