Brief Note

A note on wind-driven replacement flow of the bottom layer in Saldanha Bay, South Africa: implications for pollution

Published in: South African Journal of Marine Science
Volume 11, issue 1, 1991 , pages: 579–583
DOI: 10.2989/025776191784287556


The unexpected effect of a synoptic-scale event (passage of a cold front) on the advection of water across the mouth of Small Bay, Saldanha Bay, is recorded. From a current-meter record, it is shown how the strength (> 15m·s−1) and direction (NNE) of the wind relative to the mouth set up a stratified shear flow whereby the out-flowing surface water is replaced by in-flowing bottom water. The potential environmental implications for this type of event are discussed.

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