Field Measurement of Surface Flows in Shallow Estuaries

by Flora C. Wang, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, United States,
M. R. Sadeghian, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


This paper summarizes our first-year results of an ongoing multi-discipline project, which examines the physical processes of wetlands erosion and loss in coastal Louisiana. Our task is focused on field measurements of two surface flow components: the channel flow in a tidal bayou and surface overland flow across adjacent tidal marshes. The preliminary results showed, in a tidal bayou, an asymmetry of velocity profile and a more ebb-dominated channel flow; whereas, in tidal marshes, the surface velocity was more flood-dominated and strongly density-dependent.

Subject Headings: Flow measurement | Overland flow | Estuaries | Tides | Wetlands (coastal) | Velocity profile | River flow | Water flow | Louisiana | United States

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