A MODEL STUDY OF THE STEADY-STATE SALINITY DISTRIBUTION IN PUGET SOUND
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE
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The steady-state salinity distribution in Puget Sound was obtained, using an oceanographic model. Seven stations located in the several main divisions of Puget Sound were selected and salinity profiles were obtained, at each, for three conditions of fresh water runoff and for five values of tidal range. Low monthly, annual, and high monthly mean values of runoff were used, with limits of the tidal range exceeding those generally observed in Puget Sound. The salinity at all stations in Puget Sound is observed to be strongly dependent on the characteristics of the tidal flow in Admiralty Inlet. The shape of the salinity profile at a station is also observed to be constant for constant values of a quantity representative of the ratio of tidal flow to total runoff. Certain other features of the circulation are deduced.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography