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Assessment of coastal density gradients near a macro-tidal estuary: Application to the Mersey and Liverpool Bay

Howarth, M.J.; Balfour, C.A.; Player, R.J.J.; Polton, J.A.. 2014 Assessment of coastal density gradients near a macro-tidal estuary: Application to the Mersey and Liverpool Bay. Continental Shelf Research, 87. 73-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2013.11.016

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Abstract/Summary

Density gradients in coastal regions with significant freshwater input are large and variable and are a major control of nearshore circulation. However their measurement is difficult, especially where the gradients are largest, close to the coast, with significant uncertainties because of a variety of factors – time and spatial (horizontal and vertical) scales are small, tidal currents are strong and water depths shallow. Whilst temperature measurements are relatively straightforward, measurement of salinity (the dominant control of spatial variability for density) can be less reliable in turbid coastal waters.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2013.11.016
ISSN: 0278-4343
Date made live: 04 Dec 2013 11:41 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/504122

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