Shear Production and Dissipation in a Stratified Tidal Flow
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Pagination or Media Count:
The long term goal of this work is to understand the physics of turbulent stratified shear flows as might be found in coastal regions and estuaries where both shear and stratification are strong. Because these regions are characterized by strong gradients in water characteristics temperature, salinity and turbidity, the dynamics are influenced by the interaction of tidally-driven flows with the local density field both vertical and horizontal gradients. We anticipate that such an understanding will permit the development of accurate predictive models of turbulence dynamics for energetic coastal flows. In addition to the interaction of tidal flows with the density field, we are also interested in how the resulting dynamics and stratification affect sediment dynamics.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography