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The purpose of this chapter is to provide the user with relevant background information on SWASH and to give some general advice in choosing the basic input for SWASH computations.

A general suggestion is: start simple. SWASH helps in this with default options. Moreover, it is a good idea to read Chapter 5 first when setting up a command file for the first time. Furthermore, suggestions are given that should help the user to choose among the many options conditions and in which mode to run SWASH (1D or flume-like, 2D or basin-like, depth-averaged or multi-layered, etc.). In addition, the way you need to specify the parameters and options resembles to that of SWAN. Hence, those users who are familiar with SWAN should be able to use SWASH without much effort. It is recommended to carry out some available test cases first to get acquaint with the program.

The SWASH team 2017-04-06