SFBD - 3D model


A three-dimensional hydrodynamic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta using the Delft3D Flexible Mesh modeling suite to simulate salinity and temperature in the Bay and Delta by Martyr-Koller et al., (2017)


Model Description



The software, the model, and its input conditions are publicly available. Third parties can run, amend, copy, and distribute this SFBD-SWL and other SFBD Community Models under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License to meet the need for timely and best science. Available for download is the model input

Model setup for WY2011 and WY2012

Model grid, boundary conditions, and meteorological forcing


When using this schematization, please include one of following the references. Moreover, please review the Terms of Use.

  • Martyr-Koller, R. C., Kernkamp, H. W. J., van Dam, A., van der Wegen, M., Lucas, L. V., Knowles, N., Jaffe, B., & Fregoso, T. A. (2017). Application of an unstructured 3D finite volume numerical model to flows and salinity dynamics in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 192, 86–107.

  • Vroom, J., van der Wegen, M., Martyr-Koller, R. C., & Lucas, L. V. (2017). What Determines Water Temperature Dynamics in the San Francisco Bay-Delta System? Water Resources Research, 53(11), 9901–9921.


Terms of Use

The data and models provided on this website are preliminary and are subject to revision. They are being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The data are provided on the condition that neither Deltares USA, the U.S. Geological Survey nor the U.S. Government may be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the data. This SFBD-3D model is developed by IHE Delft and is sponsored by U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal & Marine under contract G11PX-2112. This model schematization is developed with professional care based on the conditions of the mentioned contract. The accuracy is subject to the contractual conditions and the usual assumptions and approximations made in mathematical modeling. You are entitled to run, amend, copy and distribute the San Francisco Bay-Delta Model under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. © 2012, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.