Seasonal renewal time variability in the Curonian Lagoon caused by atmospheric and hydrographical forcing


UMGIESSER G., ZEMLYS P., Erturk A., RAZINKOVA-BAZIUKAS A., MEZINE J., FERRARIN C.

OCEAN SCIENCE, vol.12, no.2, pp.391-402, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5194/os-12-391-2016
  • Journal Name: OCEAN SCIENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.391-402
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the variability of the water exchanges in the Curonian Lagoon based on the hydraulic regime and the atmospheric forcings. A finite element hydrodynamic model has been applied to the Curonian Lagoon to simulate the circulation patterns for 10 years. With the help of a transport-diffusion model, the salinity distribution and the renewal times of the Curonian Lagoon have been investigated when forced by river runoff, wind, and Baltic Sea level fluctuations. The hydrodynamic model has been validated using in situ salinity measurements.