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Quantifying Water Retention Time in Non-tidal Coastal Waters Using Statistical and Mass Balance Models
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. (Miljöanalys)
2014 (English)In: Water, Air and Soil Pollution, ISSN 0049-6979, E-ISSN 1573-2932, Vol. 225, no 2020Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The water retention time (sometimes called residence time) in coastal areas is an indicator of coastal hydrodynamics which can be used to quantify the local transportation of dissolved and suspended pollutants. This study has used dynamic and statistical models to explore what governs the water retention time in non-tidal coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. If freshwater input divided by the cross-section area between the coastal water and the sea was below a certain threshold, freshwater had no notable impact on the retention time. Moreover, statistical models were developed for predicting surface water retention time and total water retention time from coastal water volume, cross-section area and freshwater discharge. This study can be useful for managers who need to determine where abatement measures should be focused in order to be as effective as possibly against coastal water pollution.

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2014. Vol. 225, no 2020
Keyword [en]
Retention time, Coastal area, Baltic Sea, Statistical model, Mass balance
National Category
Environmental Sciences Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Research subject
Earth Science with specialization in Environmental Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232633DOI: 10.1007/s11270-014-2020-zISI: 000340527100015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232633DiVA: diva2:748838
Available from: 2014-09-22 Created: 2014-09-22 Last updated: 2014-09-22Bibliographically approved

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