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Volume 12, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 12, 391–402, 2016
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Special issue: Oceanographic processes on the continental shelf: observations...

Ocean Sci., 12, 391–402, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 Mar 2016

Research article | 10 Mar 2016

Seasonal renewal time variability in the Curonian Lagoon caused by atmospheric and hydrographical forcing

Georg Umgiesser et al.
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The paper explores the importance of physical forcing on the exchange mechanisms and the renewal time in the Curonian Lagoon over 10 years. The influence of ice cover on the exchange rates has been explored. Finally, the influence of water level fluctuations and river discharge has been studied. It has been found that ice cover is surprisingly not very important for changes in renewal time. The single most important factor is river discharge.
The paper explores the importance of physical forcing on the exchange mechanisms and the renewal...