Long-term isohaline salt balance in an estuary

  title={Long-term isohaline salt balance in an estuary},
  author={Parker MacCreadya and Robert D. Hetlandb and W. Rockwell Geyerc},
  • Parker MacCreadya, Robert D. Hetlandb, W. Rockwell Geyerc
  • Published 2002
The salinity budget in a 3-D numerical model of an estuary is analyzed using isohaline surfaces to define the volume of integration. Such surfaces move with the currents, and as a result of turbulent mixing. The isohaline analysis allows us to clarify the processes which create and destroy water in different salinity classes in the estuary. We find that the estuary naturally divides into three salinity classes, with different mechanisms maintaining the volume in each, when averaged over a time… CONTINUE READING


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