estuarine circulation

estuarine circulation

[′es·chə·wə‚rēn ‚sər·kyə¦lā·shən]
(oceanography)
In an estuary, the outflow (seaward) of low-salinity surface water over a deeper inflowing layer of dense, high-salinity water.
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The module is based on an estuarine circulation model (MacCready, 2007) and a particle-tracking algorithm developed by Dr.
The Gulf of Nicoya is characterized by an estuarine circulation (Fig.
This freshwater influx then forces estuarine circulation in the southern strait, which is characterized by a net outflow of low salinity water toward Juan de Fuca Strait in the upper layer (<50 m depth), and a net northward inflow of high salinity water in the lower part of the water column that reaches the Strait of Georgia in late summer (Mosher and Thomson, 2002).
Tidal currents, which act independently of estuarine circulation, also add to the turbulence, mixing the salt and flesh waters to produce brackish water in the estuary.
Data collected at the monitoring sites are also useful for investigating problems related to estuarine circulation.
Subsequently, estuarine circulation is important in determining sediment transport and distribution (Dyer 1979).
When the wind blew from the northeast (downstream), stratification decreased, as bottom waters, which were more saline, replaced surface waters, which were rapidly flushed out of the estuary by both wind and gravitational forces in classic estuarine circulation.
ABSTRACT Planktonic larvae of resident, oyster reef-associated decapods and fishes are subject to variable transport and retention whenever estuarine circulation is altered by freshwater inflow.
The rivers that drive Long Island Sound's estuarine circulation discharge along its broad northern flank.