Calibration of a Transport Model Using Halocarbons

by E. Eric Adams, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, United States,
Richard F. Kossik, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, United States,
Douglas J. Cosler, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, United States,
John K. MacFarlane, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, United States,
Philip M. Gschwend, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Abstract: A field study was conducted during April 1987 in which the concentrations of volatile halocarbon tracers, discharged from two existing outfalls, were measured throughout Boston Harbor and western Massachusetts Bay. The tracers included haloforms formed during effluent chlorination and several industrial solvents. Measurements were made with electron capture gas chromatography and were used to calibrate model dispersion coefficients and volatilization rates. Results of model calibration are reported and the strengths and weaknesses of volatile halocarbons as tracers are discussed.

Subject Headings: Calibration | Probe instruments | Mathematical models | Model tests | Fluid flow | Field tests | Bays | Ports and harbors | North America | Massachusetts | United States | Boston

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