The Dynamics of Buoyancy-Driven Flows in Estuaries, Continental Shelves, and Polar Seas II

Session ID#: 92853

Session Description:
Freshwater entering estuaries and the coastal ocean influences physical and biogeochemical processes that take place at the interface between terrestrial and oceanic environments. Understanding mixing and dynamics of these flows are key to predict how materials and substances are delivered to continental shelves and the deep ocean, and how they may impact marine ecosystems. The dynamics of buoyancy-driven flows are complex and influenced by a number of factors, including freshwater discharge, winds, waves, tides, ambient currents, stratification and bathymetry. Hydrodynamics in these systems profoundly impact the regional-scale ecological and biogeochemical processes in addition to various physical processes such as sediment transport and ocean-cryosphere interactions. The multi-scale nature of these flows provides great challenges from both an observational and modeling standpoint. Modern technological advances have allowed recent progress in monitoring and understanding the dynamics of these flows, which are fundamental for the proper management of ecologically and socially relevant coastal regions. We welcome submissions that investigate the wide spectrum of scales of buoyancy-driven flows in estuaries, continental shelves and polar regions, using observational, numerical, remote sensing, laboratory and theoretical approaches.
  • HE - High Latitude Environments
  • PS - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Smaller
Index Terms:

4207 Arctic and Antarctic oceanography [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4217 Coastal processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4219 Continental shelf and slope processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4235 Estuarine processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
Primary Chair:  Piero F Mazzini, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, United States
Co-chairs:  Sarah N Giddings, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, Rebecca H Jackson, Rutgers, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, United States and Joseph T Jurisa, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, United States
Primary Liaison:  Piero F Mazzini, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, United States
Moderators:  Rebecca H Jackson, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States and Sarah N Giddings, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
Student Paper Review Liaison:  Sarah N Giddings, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Connectivity in Coos Bay, OR: do changes in physical dynamics lead to changes in eelgrass habitat? (641893)
Maria Jose Marin Jarrin1, David Sutherland2 and Bass Dye1, (1)University of Oregon, Earth Sciences, Eugene, OR, United States, (2)University of Oregon, Department of Earth Sciences, Eugene, OR, United States
Geometric and Atmospheric Controls on Warm Water Access to Glacial Fjords (644156)
Ken Zhao1, Andrew Stewart1 and James C McWilliams2, (1)University of California Los Angeles, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Los Angeles, United States, (2)University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
The Evolution of Water Column Hydrography Beneath Landfast Sea Ice Near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska During the Spring Freshet (639090)
Stephen R Okkonen, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Marine Science, Fairbanks, AK, United States and Samuel R Laney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Interior fronts in a coastal buoyant plume: scaling theory and observations (651045)
Alexander E Yankovsky1, George Voulgaris1 and Nahid Hasan2, (1)University of South Carolina Columbia, Columbia, SC, United States, (2)University of South Carolina Columbia, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, Columbia, SC, United States
Dispersion by tidal trapping is enhanced by stratification (652460)
Adrian Mikhail Palaci Garcia, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States and W Rockwell Geyer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Impact of Evaporation on Estuarine Mixing Estimates (646525)
Marvin Lorenz, Knut Klingbeil and Hans Burchard, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Department for Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation, Rostock, Germany
Estuarine Circulation of the Salish Sea (647597)
Parker MacCready, University of Washington Seattle Campus, Seattle, WA, United States and Ryan M McCabe, University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Seattle, WA, United States