Classification System for Estuaries

by Bård Glenne,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 55-62

Document Type: Journal Paper


Estuarine mixing and flushing is a pressing problem. An attempt is made to improve the communications between estuarine investigators by providing a classification system for natural occurring estuaries, based on readily measurable physical parameters. Because quantitative information regarding mixing processes is presently relatively sparse, the classification system is based mainly on hydrographical, tidal, and hydraulic parameters. The classification system is schematically pictured and quantitatively defined wherever possible.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Parameters (statistics) | Flushing | Communication systems | Hydrographs | Tides | Hydraulics

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