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Abstract

FORTNIGHTLY MODULATIONS IN TIDAL MIXING ACTING AS AN IN-SHORE/OFF-SHORE VALVE FOR DEEP WATER NUTRIENT FLUXES

Tidal currents in the Gulf and San Juan Islands of the Salish Sea drive turbulent mixing, which has a modulating effect on the superimposed estuarine circulation. Strongly influenced by the spring freshet of the Fraser River and the seasonal upwelling off the west coast of Vancouver Inland, the estuarine circulation brings dense salty, nutrient rich water into the Salish Sea via Juan de Fuca Strait. During spring tides, currents are strong and tidal mixing is intense. The estuarine circulation is some-what blocked by the vertically mixed water, but the vertical exchange enhances the export of salt and nutrients out of the estuary in the surface layer, feeding ecosystems on the west coast. Similarly, during neap tides, currents are weaker and tidal mixing is greatly reduced. The estuarine circulation is flattened, allowing undiluted salty, nutrient rich deep water to penetrate into the deeper recesses of the inner basins, thus feeding the inner seas. Historic and real-time observatory data suggest that the fortnightly tidal cycle results in a net transport of nutrients off-shore following spring tides and in-shore following neap tides.

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Authors

Dewey, R., University of Victoria, Canada, rdewey@uvic.ca

Masson, D., Institute of Ocean Sciences, Canada, Diane.Masson@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

MacCready, P., University of Washington, USA, Parker@ocean.washington.edu

Details

Poster presentation

Session #:094
Date: 2/27/2014
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall

Presentation is given by student: No

PosterID: 872