Modeling the Fate and Transport of Toxic Heavy Metals in South San Francisco Bay

by Parmeshwar L. Shrestha, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,
Gerald T. Orlob, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A two-dimensional vertically-averaged finite element model for the fate and transport of cohesive sediments and associated toxic heavy metals was utilized to predict the spatial and temporal distribution of cohesive sediments and Nickel in South San Francisco Bay. Comparison of predicted and observed values of some of the key variables indicated that the model was capable of representing important phenomena governing their fate and transport. Model use also showed considerable promise in becoming an useful tool for assessment of adverse impacts on estuarine environments.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Sediment transport | Heavy metals | Bays | Two-dimensional models | Toxicity | Spatial distribution | Nickel

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