Shelf and Coastal Oceanography
Version 1.0 October 1998
1. Introduction. Why are shelf regions and estuaries different from the deep ocean?
Section 1: The Shelf and Coastal Ocean
2. Review of deep ocean dynamics: geostrophy, Ekman layer transports, the Sverdrup balance. Definition of shelf oceanography
3. Ekman layer dynamics for shallow seas with stratification.
4. Sea level set-up and buoyancy-driven flows.
5. Tides in shallow seas.
6. Upwelling dynamics in deep and shallow water.
7. Island wakes in deep and shallow water.
8. Coastal trapped waves and other oscillations.
9. Fronts in shallow seas and estuaries.
10. Water masses in shallow seas.
Section 2: Estuaries
11. Definition of estuaries. Empirical estuary classification.
12.Estuary classifications based on fluid dynamics principles.
13. Examples of estuaries and their classifications.
14. The salt balance.
15. The flushing time.
16. Pollutant dispersal in estuaries.
17. Sediment transport in estuaries.
18. Regional classification of estuaries; a survey of Australian estuaries.
Links to other oceanography pages
An Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Exercises in Physical Oceanography
© 1996 - 2000 M. Tomczak