Method for Vertically Partitioning an Estuary

by Alan J. Elliott,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 4, Pg. 373-376

Document Type: Journal Paper


A least-square analysis has been used to define the best estimates that can be obtained when representing a continuous or discrete vertical profile as a two-layered system. The technique has application to kinematic estuarine models that make use of the basin equations, or in equivalent situations where it is necessary to establish the depth of an interface in a two-layered system and to estimate mean concentrations within each layer. It is shown that subjective choice of the halocline depth can appreciably affect the estimates of pollutant concentrations predicted by a two-layered dispersion model.

Subject Headings: Layered systems | Estuaries | Least squares method | Kinematics | Hydrologic models | Basins | Pollutants

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