Preliminary Circulation Simulations in Apalachicola Bay

by T. S. Wu, Northwest Florida Water Management, District, Havana, United States,
W. K. Jones, Northwest Florida Water Management, District, Havana, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


A three-dimensional, time-dependent ocean circulation model utilizing an orthogonal, curvilinear horizontal grid is being adapted to Apalachicola Bay to study the dynamics of the salinity regime due to changing freshwater inflows. The model was originally developed by Alan Blumberg and George Mellor and is the first application of a three-dimensional model to this system. A comprehensive data set consisting of a thirty-day data period was collected. Velocity, salinity, and temperature measurements from multiple moorings throughout the bay provided estimates of boundary conditions. Stations inside the bay were utilized in the verification of the model simulations.

Subject Headings: Water circulation | Bays | Temperature measurement | Data collection | Simulation models | Salt water | Rivers and streams | Salt water intrusion

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