Pritchard, David and Hogg, Andrew J. and Roberts, William (2002) Morphological modelling of intertidal mudflats: the role of cross-shore tidal currents. Continental Shelf Research, 22 (11-13). pp. 1887-1895. ISSN 0278-4343Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
We describe a mathematical model of the sediment transport resulting from cross-shore tidal currents on an intertidal mudflat. The model is integrated numerically to determine the long-term (''equilibrium'') behaviour of the morphodynamic system, and to investigate how the morphology of the flats depends on tidal range and sediment supply.Under a sinusoidal tide, the equilibrium flat is approximately linear below mean sea level (MSL) and convex above MSL, and advances seawards over long timescales. The cross-shore width of the flat is independent of tidal range, and increases with increasing sediment supply. Tidal asymmetry (flood- or ebb-dominance) leads to a steeper flat, and ebb-dominance can cause the flat to retreat landwards in the long term. Under a spring-neap tidal cycle, the shape of the equilibrium profile is very similar to that for a fixed tidal range, but the rate of accretion is significantly reduced.
|Keywords:||estuaries, morphodynamics, intertidal mudflats, Intertidal sedimentation, mathematical models , Probabilities. Mathematical statistics, Oceanography, Aquatic Science, Geology|
|Subjects:||Science > Mathematics > Probabilities. Mathematical statistics|
|Department:||Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||12 Jan 2012 14:56|
|Last modified:||27 Apr 2016 18:03|