LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE COASTAL STUDIES INST
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The gravitational pattern in estuaries is often perturbed, at subtidal scales, by flows resulting from other processes. Wind forcing is the most familiar of these. Subtidal estuarine flow variability appears to be ubiquitous, but no predictive framework for these circulation patterns has yet been proposed. The estuarine-shelf exchanges driven at subtidal scales result in buoyant effluent plumes, which influence shelf chemistry and biology as well as physics. The dynamics of these plumes remains a fertile area of research, principally because of a lack of knowledge concerning mixing in stratified flows.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography