A numerical study of the ex-ROFI of the Colorado River

Carbajal, Noel; Souza, Alejandro; Durazo, Reginaldo. 1997 A numerical study of the ex-ROFI of the Colorado River. Journal of Marine Systems, 12. 17-33.

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The freshwater discharge of the Colorado River into the Gulf of California has been reduced to negligible quantities since the construction of the Hoover Dam in 1935. These radical anthropogenic changes in the hydrography of the Colorado River Delta had striking repercussions on both physical and biological processes. Using historical river discharge data, the changes in the flow dynamics and hydrographic patterns before and after the drastic freshwater reduction are studied numerically, using a three-dimensional nonlinear shelf model. The results are applied to assess the environmental impact of the reduction of river discharge on the area. Satellite imagery is also used to compare our results with observed fronts.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: POL Programmes > Modelling and observation systems for shelf seas
ISSN: 9240-7963
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 26 Sep 2013 12:31 +0 (UTC)

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