Secondary circulation in a highly stratified estuary

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Observations from the Hudson River estuary are presented to discuss the interaction between secondary flows and stratification in the vicinity of a headland during highly stratified conditions. Analysis of the cross-stream momentum balance suggests that centrifugal accelerations are in near balance with the cross-stream baroclincity. Results emphasize that the interaction between stratification and secondary flows can set up a cross-stream internal seiche. This results in a reduction and subsequent reversal of the secondary flows downstream of a headland. Simple scaling arguments suggest that the spin-down time for tidally driven eddies is related to stratification. \

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number97JC00685
Pages (from-to)23207-23215
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Issue numberC10
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Oceanography
  • Forestry
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Palaeontology


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