Initial Expansion of the Columbia River Tidal Plume: Theory and Remote Sensing Observations

@inproceedings{Jay2010InitialEO,
  title={Initial Expansion of the Columbia River Tidal Plume: Theory and Remote Sensing Observations},
  author={David Alexander Jay and Edward D. Zaron and Jiayi Pan},
  year={2010}
}
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Analysis of the Columbia River tidal plume using Lagrangian frontal equations provides a concise description of the evolution of frontal depth HF, velocity UF, density difference ΔρF, and internal Froude number FR. Because the estuarine mouth is narrow, the combination of tidal outflow and river discharge leads to a super-critical (FR>1) radial expansion that may last as long as 12 hrs. Understanding this initial motion is vital… CONTINUE READING

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