Time Varying Hydrodynamics and Water Quality in an Estuary

  • C. F. D’Elia
  • K. L. Webb
  • R. L. Wetzel
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This paper is included in this symposium volume to illustrate the effect hydrographic factors such as the spring-neap tidal stratification-destratification cycle (4) can have on the distribution of oxygen and nutrients in the water column of an estuary. All too often scientists, modelers and managers, finding hydrographic processes in estuaries extremely difficult to measure and understand, neglect or ignore key features of hydrodynamics that have substantial bearing on “water quality.” As a result, monitoring strategies are often ill-conceived; models are frequently unverifiable; and water quality management objectives may not be cost-effectively met.


Water Quality Water Quality Model Apparent Oxygen Utilization Patuxent Estuary York River Estuary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. F. D’Elia
    • 1
  • K. L. Webb
    • 2
  • R. L. Wetzel
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies Chesapeake Biological LaboratoryUniversity of MarylandSolomonsUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Institute of Marine Science and School of Marine ScienceCollege of William and MaryGloucester PointUSA

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