Accessing exchange and ventilation time scales from 3-D modelling

Grawe, U. and Ribbe, J. and Wolff, J.-O. and Staneva, J. (2007) Accessing exchange and ventilation time scales from 3-D modelling. In: The Ocean in the Earth System: International Conference and 97th Annual Meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung e.V., 1-5 Oct 2007, Bremen, Germany.

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We applied a multi-purpose three-dimensional ocean general circulation model to compute water renewal/ventilation time scales and exchange paths for a large coastal embayment situated off the central eastern coast of Australia (Hervey Bay) that shows features of an inverse estuary. Water renewal or ventilation time scales are not directly observable but can easily be diagnosed from numerical simulations. Improved knowledge of these time scales can assists in evaluating the water quality of coastal environments and can be utilised in sustainable marine resource management. The numerical studies are performed with the COupled Hydrodynamical Ecological model for REgioNal Shelf seas (COHERENS). The model, adopted for Hervey Bay, provided insight into ventilation pathways, and renewal time scales were found to exhibit a strong spatial variability. More than 80 % of the coastal embayment was fully ventilated after about 70-100 days, with the eastern and western shallow coastal regions ventilated more rapidly than the central, deeper part of the bay. The concept of a single 'typical' ventilation timescale characterising this particular coastal embayment is inadequate and the consideration of spatial variability is clearly important. Hence in a second set of simulations local monitoring boxes and neutral buoyant Lagrangian tracers have been used to focus on this spatial variability. Simple parameters are derived to estimate local sedimentation, transport processes or places of high/low biological production.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Joachim Ribbe
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2008 09:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: ocean modelling, Hervey Bay, COHERENCE, ventilation, water renewal, coastal ocean circulation, sedimentation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3556

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