Fig. 4:

Node *j *surrounded by *n *elements; the continuous approximation z j for node *j *is determined

from the (possibly) *n *unique values from the elements surrounding the node.

As previously mentioned, ADCIRC makes use of approximations that are continuous in

space across the entire domain. Thus, in addition to our discontinuous approximation **z**h, we must

also compute a continuous approximation which must be fed back into ADCIRC after computing

the updated bathymetry. We wish to accomplish the following with our procedure: given a node

within the individual elements attached to that node (see Fig. 4). We have experimented with

several different approaches for obtaining these single nodal values and based on numerical

experiments have implemented an angle based weighted average given by:

⎛ ∠i

⎞

(24)

⎠

where ∠i is the angle of the vertex of element *i *and ∠SUM is the total sum of the vertex angles

around node *j*. We have also experimented with weighted area averaging and centroidal type

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