Temporal dynamics and ecological significance of salinity stratification in an estuary (south San-Francisco Bay, USA)

Oceanologica Acta
By:

Links

Abstract

South San Francisco Bay (USA) has periodic variations in salinity stratification that coïncide with neap-spring tidal variations during the winter "wet" season, but it remains well-mixed during summer and fall. The degree of salinity stratification, and timing of stratification events, can be predicted from a simple empirical function of river discharge and tidal current speed. During periods of prolonged salinity stratification, phytoplankton biomass and primary productivity are high, phytoplankton patchiness increases, turbidity and nutrient (N) concentrations decline in the surface layer, and residual currents accelerate.

Study Area

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Temporal dynamics and ecological significance of salinity stratification in an estuary (south San-Francisco Bay, USA)
Series title Oceanologica Acta
Volume 7
Issue 1
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher Gauthier-Villars
Contributing office(s) Pacific Regional Director's Office, San Francisco Bay-Delta
Description 5 p.
First page 137
Last page 141
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial San Francisco Bay
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N