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Hydrography and dynamics of the Rķa de Ribadeo (NW Spain), a wave driven estuary


Piedracoba, S and Souto, C and Gilcoto, M and Pardo, PC, Hydrography and dynamics of the Ria de Ribadeo (NW Spain), a wave driven estuary, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 65, (4) pp. 726-738. ISSN 0272-7714 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2005.07.013


The Rķa de Ribadeo, a small embayment in NW Spain, was observed for the first time using three months of ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) current meter records and three CTD (Conductivity Temperature Depth) surveys. A wave driven circulation pattern arises from the observations, instead of the shelf wind driven circulation of other Galician Rias. Based on ADCP records, a unidirectional flow in the horizontal velocity field coexists with the classic two-layer circulation (bidirectional flow). The proposed horizontal circulation pattern can then be explained as a wave driven inflow. This flow enters the ria through the west side, describes an anticlockwise gyre inside of it, and flows out through the east side. Numerical simulations run with the HAMSOM (Hamburg Shelf Ocean Model) agreed with observations, confirming the proposed pattern.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:current data, water waves, thermohaline circulation, hydrography, estuaries, NW of Spain, Ria de Ribadeo
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of estuarine water quality
UTAS Author:Pardo, PC (Dr Paula Conde Pardo)
ID Code:103070
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2015-09-17
Last Modified:2015-10-08

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