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Acoustic methods for water mass delineation in coastal marine ecosystems.
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PMID:  18530135     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Acoustical methods play an important role in the in the study of nutrient sources for coral reef ecosystems in the south Florida coastal ocean. Many nutrients released into the coastal ocean are released in distinct water masses such as inlet discharge plumes, wastewater outfall discharge plumes, and hurricane-induced re-suspensions. Using water column acoustic backscatter profiles, obtained via either ship-borne instrumentation or in-situ instrumentation, multidimensional images of nutrient bearing water masses are derived. Said images are of assistance in the design of chemical and biological sampling efforts. Examples of water mass imaging will be presented as well as the use of such images in the design of water quality sampling programs. Using a combination of acoustic backscatter, Doppler current profilers, nutrient (nitrate, nitrite, silica, phosphate, ammonia) samples and microbiological (fecal, protozoa, viruses) samples, flux estimates of said quantities may be made for inlet discharges. Results will be presented for a south Florida inlet having an average net seaward discharge of approximately 200 million gallons per day. Selected acoustic images of treated waste water effluent plumes will be presented and compared with plume spatial distributions inferred from conservative plume tracer studies.
John Proni; Jack Stamates; Thomas Carsey; Jia-Zhong Zhang; Chris Sinigalliano; Kevin Sullivan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3212     Citation Subset:  IM    
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