Estuarine, Coastal Circulation and Exchange Processes

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2023) | Viewed by 544

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Physics Department, CESAM, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: estuarine and coastal physical oceanography; stratification/mixing; estuarine biogeochemistry; hydrodynamic and biogeochemical modelling
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Physics Department, CESAM, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: climate change; coastal oceanography; coastal estuarine dynamics; aquaculture; numerical modelling; marine pollution
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Estuarine and coastal regions are dynamic interface areas where land, water and atmosphere interact in a balance constantly changed by natural and anthropogenic influences. They are among the most populated areas of the planet, suffering high stress, related to both human activities and climate change. Understanding the processes of estuarine circulation and transport in estuaries and coastal waters is critical to study the dynamics of these systems. The controlling mechanisms of such processes vary according to estuary type, tidal, river and meteorological forcing factors that have a major role in the mechanisms of physical change, exchange flow between the estuary and the coast, primary production and water quality. The interaction between the estuary and the coast is controlled by the persistent inflow of salty water and outflow of fresher water from the mixing region of estuaries. As a result, this interaction controls heat and salt transport, residence time or biogeochemical gradients inside estuaries. All these processes can be studied using high-resolution numerical models and in-situ and remote sensing data. Several methodologies can be implemented to study marine systems according to their variability and dynamics. Here, we propose a Special Issue to cover these topics, highlighting numerical model implementations and observational studies of hydrodynamic and water quality processes along the salinity gradient of the estuary-coastal continuum.

Prof. Dr. Nuno Vaz
Prof. Dr. João Miguel Dias
Dr. Magda Catarina Sousa
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  • hydrodynamics
  • climate change
  • water quality
  • numerical models
  • data
  • salinity gradient
  • estuaries

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