publication . Article . 2017

Three-Dimensional Salt Dynamics in Well-Mixed Estuaries: Influence of Estuarine Convergence, Coriolis, and Bathymetry

Xiaoyan Wei; Mohit Kumar; Henk M. Schuttelaars;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2017 Journal: Journal of Physical Oceanography, volume 47, pages 1,843-1,871 (issn: 0022-3670, eissn: 1520-0485, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Meteorological Society
  • Country: United Kingdom
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>A semianalytical three-dimensional model is set up to dynamically calculate the coupled water motion and salinity for idealized well-mixed estuaries and prognostically investigate the influence of each physical mechanism on the residual salt transport. As a study case, a schematized estuary with an exponentially converging width and a channel–shoal structure is considered. The temporal correlation between horizontal tidal velocities and tidal salinities is the dominant process for the landward residual salt transport. The residual salt transport induced by residual circulation is locally significant, but the induced salt...
free text keywords: Oceanography, Geology, Temporal correlation, Salinity, Soil science, Convergence (routing), Residual, Estuary, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Hydrology, Coriolis force, Bathymetry
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