Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Limnology and Oceanography
Tidal discharge and area‐averaged current speed were measured over complete tidal cycles at the entrance to a salt marsh drainage system near Wachapreague, Virginia. A pronounced asymmetry in curves of discharge and current speed through time was observed which can be simulated by a model incorporating semidiurnal tides and “overtides” in conjunction with marsh and channel storage relationships. As a persistent feature in marsh channel flow relationships, the asymmetry, along with an apparent difference in flood and ebb maxima, may have a systematic, long term influence on the net transport of suspended matter entering and leaving natural marshes.
Boon, John D., Tidal Discharge Asymmetry in a Salt Marsh Drainage System (1975). Limnology and Oceanography, 20(1), 71-80.