Wind generated wave resuspension of sediment in Old Tampa Bay, Florida

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Edited by: Shane Richard M.


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Vertical profiles of velocity and suspended-solids concentration were measured at a scientific instrumentation platform in Old Tampa Bay during the passage of a cold front in March 1990. Strong sustained winds behind the front increased wave activity in the bay, which resulted in resuspension of bottom sediments. The concentration of suspended solids, however, did not correlate with either wave height or mean velocity. A model of wave-current interaction was used to calculate the bottom shear stress, which proved to correlate well with suspended-solids concentration. This analysis shows the importance of considering wave-current interaction when studying sediment resuspension and near-bed transport processes in shallow estuaries.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Wind generated wave resuspension of sediment in Old Tampa Bay, Florida
ISBN 0872628167
Year Published 1991
Language English
Publisher Publ by ASCE
Publisher location New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title Proceedings - National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
First page 85
Last page 90
Conference Title Proceedings of the 1991 National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
Conference Location Nashville, TN, USA
Conference Date 29 July 1991 through 2 August 1991
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