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dc.contributor.authorKuitenbrouwer, Daan
dc.contributor.authorReniers, Ad
dc.contributor.authorMacMahan, Jamie
dc.contributor.authorRoth, Mathias K.
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-24T21:47:31Z
dc.date.available2019-01-24T21:47:31Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationKuitenbrouwer, Daan, et al. "Coastal protection by a small scale river plume against oil spills in the Northern Gulf of Mexico." Continental Shelf Research 163 (2018): 1-11.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/61050
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2018.05.002en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged some beaches along the Northern Gulf of Mexico (NGoMex) coast more than others, possibly related to the presence of natural protection mechanisms. In order to optimize future mitigation efforts to protect the coast, these mechanisms should be understood. The NGoMex coast is characterized by relatively long stretches of sandy beach interrupted by tidal inlets creating ebb-tidal river plumes featuring frontal zones that may act as transport barriers. This research investigates to what extent these plumes are capable of protecting the adjacent coast. This is done by means of a combination of a 3D Eulerian flow model and a Lagrangian particle model to track oil pathways and visualize Lagrangian Coherent Structures located at the plume front. The models are verified with measurements from a field experiment adjacent to Destin Inlet, Florida. The effects of wind, tidal range and river discharge on the oil fate are discussed. It was found that wind is the dominant parameter. Offshore wind prevents oil from beaching. During onshore winds, oil is pushed to shore, but near the inlet the plume is effective in reducing the amount of oil washing ashore during the ebbing tide. In general, the plume redistributes the oil but is not capable of preventing oil from beaching. For strong winds, the influence of the plume is reduced.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Gulf of Mexico Research Initiativeen_US
dc.format.extent11 p.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd.en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCoastal protection by a small scale river plume against oil spills in the Northern Gulf of Mexicoen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentOceanographyen_US
dc.subject.authorRiver plumeen_US
dc.subject.authorSurface material transporten_US
dc.subject.authorInner shelfen_US
dc.subject.authorCoastal barriersen_US
dc.subject.authorOil spillen_US


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