Effects Of Man-Made Channels On Estuaries: An Example, Apalachicola Bay, Florida

  1. David G. Aubrey and
  2. Lee Weishar
  1. Donald C. Raney

Published Online: 23 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/LN029p0071

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets

How to Cite

Raney, D. C. (1988) Effects Of Man-Made Channels On Estuaries: An Example, Apalachicola Bay, Florida, in Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets (eds D. G. Aubrey and L. Weishar), Springer-Verlag, New York. doi: 10.1029/LN029p0071

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783540968887

Online ISBN: 9781118669242

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Keywords:

  • Apalachicola Bay System;
  • Calibration and verification;
  • Finite difference grid;
  • Flux Corrected Transport (FCT) solution;
  • Prototype data;
  • Salinity considerations;
  • Sikes Cut;
  • Waterways Implicit Finite Difference Model (WIFM)

Summary

This research demonstrates the importance of proper analysis and investigation of any man-made channel proposed for an estuary. Even small physical changes to an estuary may introduce significant and undesirable environmental changes. Estuaries having a small tidal range and several entrances and fresh water inflows particularly may be vulnerable to modifications of the complex relationship between the various sources of flow. Sikes Cut, a small man-made channel in Apalachicola Bay, Florida is used for illustrative purposes. A previously calibrated and verified numerical model of Apalachicola Bay is used to quantify the effects of the channel on Apalachicola Bay. Numerical model results are used to discuss salinity changes introduced in the estuary by the channel.