Estuaries are of high socioeconomic importance with twenty-two of
the thirty-two largest cities in the world located on river
estuaries. Estuaries bring together fluxes of fresh and saline
water, as well as fluvial and marine sediments, and contain high
biological diversity. Increasingly sophisticated field observation
technology and numerical modeling have produced significant
advances in our understanding of the physical properties of
estuaries over the last decade. This book introduces a
classification for estuaries before presenting the basic physics
and hydrodynamics of estuarine circulation and the various factors
that modify it in time and space. It then covers special topics at
the forefront of research such as turbulence, fronts in estuaries
and continental shelves, low inflow estuaries, and implications of
estuarine transport for water quality. Written by leading
authorities on estuarine and lagoon hydrodynamics, this volume
provides a concise foundation for academic researchers, advanced
students and coastal resource managers.
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