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Estuaries: Monitoring and Modeling the Physical System

Estuaries: Monitoring and Modeling the Physical System

Jack Hardisty

ISBN: 978-0-470-75088-9 November 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 176 Pages


Estuaries are complex and fascinating natural environments, where constantly changing water depths generate rapidly reversing currents and transport vast quantities of salt, heat, and sediment on a daily basis. Estuaries: Monitoring and Modeling the Physical System examines these processes, offering extensive information about the geological evolution of estuaries, and details of bathymetry, tides, currents, salt and heat, and suspended sediment.

By carefully building a working computer model which accurately emulates the complexities inherent in estuaries, students learn quickly to model the tides and currents, and then to build and test salinity, temperature, and suspended sediment modules.

The book is supported by a supplimentary material at which includes:

* Excel routines for individual formulae and diagrams

* Full coding for the estuarine model

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Estuarine toolboxes.

Dynamic Internet references.

Part I Evolution and Monitoring.

1. Introduction to Estuarine Systems.

2. Monitoring Estuarine Systems.

Part II The Bathymetry of Estuaries.

3. Estuarine Bathymetry.

4. Modeling Bathymetry.

Part III Tides in Estuaries.

5. Estuarine Tides.

6. Modeling Tides.

Part IV Currents in Estuaries.

7. Estuarine Currents.

8. Modeling Currents.

Part V The Temperature and Salinity of Estuaries.

9. Estuarine Temperature and Salinity.

10. Modeling Temperature and Salinity.

Part VI Suspended Particulate Matter in Estuaries.

11. Estuarine Particulates.

12. Modeling Particulates.



Models - Chapter 4
Models - Chapter 6
Models - Chapter 8
Models - Chapter 10
Models - Chapter 12

  • Uses the theoretical basis for a new a generic model for estuarine tides, currents, temperature, salinity and particulate matter.
  • Introduces the processes by carefully building a working computer model which accurately emulates the complexities, and retains the transparency, of estuaries.
  • Includes a comprehensive introduction to geological evolution of estuaries.
  • Features five main section on Bathymetry, Tides, Currents, Salt and Health and suspended sediment.
  • Supported by a website that includes regularly updated dynamic internet references, Excelettes for individual formulas and diagrams, and full coding for sediment modules.