The residual dynamics of a hypertidal coastal sea

Howarth, M. J.. 2008 The residual dynamics of a hypertidal coastal sea. In: Proceedings of the IEEE/OES ninth working conference on current measurement technology, March 17-19, 2008, Charleston, South Carolina, 17th - 19th March 2008. IEEE, 273-278.

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The dynamics (currents, pressures/elevations, waves and density field) of Liverpool Bay, Irish Sea, have been measured and modelled continuouslly since August 2002 in an integrated programme. the Bay has strong tidal mixing, receives fresh water from sevral estuaries and stratifies intermittently. The measurements include 600 kHz ADCPs sampling the water column in 1 m bins at two sites in water 25 m deep (one with abtive sand-waves), fast sample ADVs and a phased array HF radar system, for surface currents and waves. Hydrodynamic models, on 1.8 km and 180 m grids, and a WAM wave model are run operationally and are currently being coupled. At high spring tides the tidal range can reach 10 m. The circulation is persistent, driven by the density field, whilst the wind driven (surge) currents are less important than in some shelf sea regions. There is significant energy at tidal frequencies (presumablyu non coherent) in the tidal residual currents, derived form harmonic analyses, also present in the pressure records, which is being investigated by band-pass filtering to see whether the cause is predominantly shifts in the amplitude or the phase of the tides. The feasibility of assimilating the current information into the models is being tested.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Integration of sustained observations
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 16 Feb 2009 10:43 +0 (UTC)

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