Sediment resuspension events within the (microtidal) coastal waters of Thermaikos Gulf, northern Greece


Paphitis, D. and Collins, M.B. (2005) Sediment resuspension events within the (microtidal) coastal waters of Thermaikos Gulf, northern Greece. Continental Shelf Research, 25, (19-20), 2350-2365. (doi:10.1016/j.csr.2005.08.028).

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High-frequency flow, pressure and suspended sediment concentration (SSC) measurements are presented from the Paralia-Katerinis coastal area, in Thermaikos Gulf. The data were collected along a cross-shore transect, between the 6 and 12 m water depth contours. The relative importance of wave- and tidally-induced resuspension is examined. Resuspension events are shown to be dominated by wind-generated waves, especially under storm conditions. Some evidence is provided for tidal resuspension, but the overall impact of this process is minimal, compared to wave resuspension. Such resuspension, under storm conditions, increased the SSC levels in the waters of the nearshore zone to 35 mg/l; this is a >15-fold increase over the ambient levels (1–2 mg/l) of turbidity.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0278-4343 (print)
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Keywords: suspended sediment concentration, resuspension, advection, Thermaikos Gulf, microtidal environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 19126
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:08
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/19126

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