Title

The Importance of Density Driven Circulation in Well Mixed Estuaries: The Tampa Bay Experience

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

1992

Abstract

This paper addresses the importance of the effects of baroclinicity in subtidal dynamics of a well mixed estuary, Tampa Bay. The analysis is based upon numerical simulations using a three-dimensional, time-dependent ocean circulation model. A series of barotropic and baroclinic simulations was performed and resulting residual currents and salinity distributions were compared. The paper demonstrates that baroclinicity is a dominant factor for subtidal dynamics and should be considered as a primary driving force behind long term transport and dispersion processes in Tampa Bay.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

The Importance of Density Driven Circulation in Well Mixed Estuaries: The Tampa Bay Experience, in M. L. Spaulding, K. Bedford, A. Blumberg, R. T. Cheng & C. Swanson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tampa, p. 332-343

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