OS2.1Open Session on Coastal and Shelf Seas
|Convener: Johan van der Molen | Co-Conveners: Huib E. de Swart , Andreas Lehmann , Georgy Shapiro
Contributions are invited on innovative observational, theoretical and modelling studies concerning physical processes in estuaries, coastal and shelf seas. Processes can include hydrodynamics (e.g., waves, tides, currents, eddies, density structures), transport of material (e.g., sediments, contaminants, nutrients), and morphodynamics (e.g., evolution of bed forms, banks or basin shape). Study areas are envisaged between the base of the shelf break and the seaward limit of the surf zone.
However, contributions on processes outside these geographical limits will be considered where they significantly influence processes within these limits. Equally, contributions on climate dynamics, biogeochemistry, and man-made structures will be considered where they significantly influence, or are significantly influenced by, the processes aimed at in this session. An example is the effects of marine renewable energy devices on large-scale flow, transport processes, waves, morphodynamics and biogeochemistry in coastal and shelf seas. A subsession is envisaged which will focus on shelf edge and coastal exchange mechanisms such as vertical and horizontal exchange and mixing of mass, energy, salt, heat, nutrients and carbon through wind driven flows, Ekman drainage, eddies, jets and upwelling, and their impact on the biogeochemical aspect of the marine system.