Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Martin, James L.

Committee Member

Truax, Dennis D.

Committee Member

McAnally, William H.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


This thesis investigates the utilization of hydrodynamic models as tools for assessing factors impacting water quality in the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The primary focus is development of a hydrodynamic model that provides transport information to subsequent application of a water quality model. Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) is a complex, dynamic, multi-dimensional computer model used to simulate hydrology in water bodies. The secondary focus is on data acquisition and manipulation methods for completing the hydrodynamic modeling. Monitoring was completed to create modern bathymetry of Ross Barnett Reservoir to provide accurate model cell grid representation. Temperature and dissolved oxygen profile monitoring occurred to provide data for model output comparison. The EFDC model successfully predicted lake stratification and subsequent mixing based on changes in observed meteorological conditions.