Significance of Mean Water Level Response in Bays

by Douglas W. Mann, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc, Boca Raton, FL, USA,
Ashish J. Mehta, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc, Boca Raton, FL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: The occurrence of a net hydraulic head, or superelevation, is a basic feature of bays. It is generated by inlet-bay response to natural forcing. The effects of bottom friction and Stokes drift in the inlet are shown through a hydrodynamic model to be the primary mechanisms controlling superelevation. Man-made and episodic effects can cause sudden changes in the superelevation; thus, mean bay water level data can be contaminated. These effects must therefore be accounted for in an evaluation of mean sea level from mean bay water level records.

Subject Headings: Curvature | Highways and roads | Bays | Water level | Hydrologic models | Water pollution | Sea level | Hydraulics

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