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abstracts for OSM-2018 session on coastal buoyancy-driven flows

Rebecca Jackson
If you study plumes from glaciers/ice shelves/Arctic rivers, high-latitude coastal currents, or other polar buoyancy-driven flows:  please consider submitting an abstract to the session on "The Dynamics of Estuaries and Coastal Buoyancy-driven Flows" at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR (11-16 February, 2018). 

This session welcomes abstracts on coastal & estuarine studies at all latitudes – we aim to bring together work on buoyancy-driven flows from both high-latitude oceanographers and the mid/low latitude coastal dynamics community.

Session Title: The Dynamics of Estuaries and Coastal Buoyancy-driven Flows

Topic Area: Estuarine Processes, E004
Session ID: 27891

*Abstracts due Wednesday, 6 September, 2017*

Session Description:
Estuaries and coastal buoyant plumes are ubiquitous and diverse features along continental margins that exist at the confluence of terrestrial and oceanic waters, ranging from small tropical lagoons to glacial meltwater plumes in high-latitude fjords. The dynamics of these systems cover a wide spectrum of spatial and temporal scales, spanning stratified turbulence to frontal instabilities to shelf-wide circulation scales.  Estuarine and coastal buoyancy-driven flows are influenced by numerous factors including tides, freshwater discharge, wind, surface and internal waves, frontal processes, and flow-topography interactions.  These factors ultimately influence the turbulence and mixing processes in the system, serving as a link between the terrestrial and oceanic domains.  Hydrodynamics in these systems profoundly impact the regional-scale ecological and biogeochemical processes in addition to various physical processes such as sediment transport and ocean-cryosphere interactions.  Consequently, understanding the processes governing the coupling of the estuary-coastal ocean system is vital to advancing the knowledge of the system-wide response to climate change and anthropogenic activities.  We welcome submissions examining the complex, multi-scale nature of estuarine and coastal buoyancy-driven flow dynamics using observational, numerical, theoretical, and/or laboratory methods.

Primary Chair:  
Joseph T Jurisa, Portland State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland, OR, United States
Sarah N Giddings, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, United States
Piero Luigi Mazzini, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, United States 
Rebecca H Jackson, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States

Rebecca H. Jackson
NOAA Climate & Global Change postdoctoral fellow
Oregon State University

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