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By David Prandle

This quantity outlines sensible formulae and new hypotheses for the dynamics, sediment regimes and morphological evolution in estuaries. permitting readers to match assorted estuaries, and strengthen tracking and modeling thoughts for brief and long term administration concerns, it's a necessary reference for college kids of actual oceanography and estuary engineering, researchers.

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38 Tidal dynamics To determine the maximum response for other tidal constituents from Fig. 7, we note that the values for α and β are directly proportional to period; thus, for diurnal constituents α and β are doubled while for quarter-diurnal constituents α and β are halved. In consequence, we may deduce the following conclusions from the general response diagram, Fig. 2. (a) The response of any estuary may be likened to the free vibrations of a damped simple harmonic oscillator. Estuaries of type I with α + 2β < 10 are under-damped and elevation amplitudes vary in an oscillatory manner along the x-axis.

24) for s − 2π. ν represents the degree of bathymetric funnelling and y distance from the mouth, y = 0. Dashed contours indicate relative amplitudes, continuous contours relative phases. 5 shows typical lengths of synchronous estuaries (see Chapter 6). 1. e. 21). 5. From Fig. 5, this is close to the centre of the range of geometries encountered (Prandle, 2004). Moreover, the estuarine lengths determined for synchronous estuaries, incorporated in Fig. 5, range from a small fraction up to close to that for ‘quarter-wavelength’ (first node), resonance at the M2 frequency.

Tidal propagation in estuaries often involves large excursions over rapidly varying shallow topography. 6 illustrates how the associated non-linearities result in the generation of significant higher harmonic and residual components with pronounced spatial gradients. 7 indicates some of the peculiarities of surge–tide interactions. 2 Equations of motion The equations of motion at any height Z (measured vertically upwards above the bed) along orthogonal horizontal axes, X and Y, may be written in Cartesian co-ordinates (neglecting vertical accelerations) as follows: Accelerations in X-direction: @U @U @U @& @ @U þU þV þg À ΩV ¼ E @t @X @Y @X @Z @Z (2:1) Accelerations in Y-direction: @V @V @V @& @ @V þU þV þg þ ΩU ¼ E @t @X @Y @Y @Z @Z (2:2) @U @V @W þ þ ¼ 0; @X @Y @Z (2:3) Continuity: where U, Vand W are velocities along X, Y and Z, ς is surface elevation, Ω = 2ω sin φ is the Coriolis parameter representing the influence of the earth’s rotation (ω = 2π/24 h), φ is latitude and E is a vertical eddy viscosity coefficient.

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