High frequency (HF) radar measurements of the surface current averaged over the upper 0.5 m in San Pablo Strait were compared with current meter measurements of the subsurface current made at 9.4 m below mean lower low water (MLLW) over two 12.4-h tidal cycles. After averaging the radar and current meter data over two tidal cycles, a southerly (ebbing direction) surface current of 32 cm·s−1 was deduced from the radar measurements and a northerly (flooding direction) subsurface current of 7 cm·s−1 from the current meter measurements. This nontidal flow is maintained by freshwater discharge from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Rivers into Suisun and San Pablo Bays. The radar measurement technique provides quantitative estimates of the surface currents that previously were determined only from surface drifter studies.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||High frequency radar measurements of tidal currents flowing through San Pablo Strait, San Francisco Bay|
|Series title||Limnology and Oceanography|
|Contributing office(s)||Pacific Regional Director's Office, San Francisco Bay-Delta|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|