The Transport of Freshwater Off a Multi-Inlet Coastline

  • J. O. Blanton
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 11)


The inner continental shelf waters between South Carolina and northern Florida are weakly stratified by the many sources of freshwater ejected from the land. The mixing of freshwater in this zone is qualitatively similar to that in a partially mixed estuary. However, many inlets along the coast result in a complex orientation to the principal axes of the tidal currents offshore and the resulting mixing processes are non-homogeneous in the alongshore direction.

These complexities must be faced in any realistic model of similar oceanic regions. Data are presented to show the nature of the non-homogeneous transport process and to demonstrate that models which neglect alongshore gradients of momentum and properties are unrealistic.


Wind Stress Continental Shelf Tidal Current Tidal Cycle Shelf Water 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. O. Blanton
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  1. 1.Skidaway Institute of OceanographySavannahUSA

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