Accession Number : ADA329397

Title :   Tidal Circulation and Flushing Characteristics of the Nauset Marsh System

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.

Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA

Personal Author(s) : Aubrey, David G. ; Voulgaris, George ; Spencer, Wayne D. ; O'Malley, Stephen P.

PDF Url : ADA329397

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : Various interested bodies (i.e., National Park Service, Cape Cod Commission, and the Town of Orleans) charged with management of the Nauset Marsh system on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, commissioned a study of the estuarine circulation within the Nauset system. Recent significant morphological changes in the system have changed mixing processes and residence times for the embayment. This study specifically addressed the differing water circulation and residence times arising from a migrating single inlet (dominant condition) and dual inlet (1992-1996) situations. These residence times are to be used by the Cape Cod Commission to identify nitrogen-sensitive sub-embayments based on various assumptions of build-out and nutrient loading. The Nauset Marsh system has experienced considerable development in recent years; proper management of this resource area requires knowledge of the consequences of such development. This study provides a defensible basis for evaluating nutrient loading and potential eutrophication arising from development in the watershed around Nauset embayment. However, since morphological changes occur on a rapid basis in this area, the issue of residence time should be re-examined periodically. For instance, rapid onshore migration of the southern barrier beach is threatening closure of the south channel, a condition which could adversely affect water quality in Nauset Harbor in the near future. A process should be established to examine the sensitivity of residence times for rapidly changing morphology.

Descriptors :   *WATER QUALITY, *EUTROPHICATION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, WATER FLOW, MORPHOLOGY, NUTRIENTS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, MASSACHUSETTS, ESTUARIES, FLUSHING.

Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE