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

By Boris Galperin, Alan F. Blumberg and Robert H. Weisberg


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

Topics: Life Sciences
Publisher: Scholar Commons
Year: 1992
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