COASTAL CURRENTS OF PACIFIC NORTHWEST

To plan and design ocean outfall for sewage, cooling water or other wastes it is necessary to have a knowledge of the nearshore current measurement of the Pacific Northwest Coast along with some theoretical methods for calculating velocities. Current contributions are considered from tides, winds, waves and upwelling. Available current data indicate that in nearshore areas effects due to bottom and shore configurations overshadow geostrophic and Ekman layer effects. Generally, theoretical methods for calculation of current velocities in coastal waters (within 5 nautical miles of the coastline) can give approximate values. However, for specific information it is usually necessary to perform local measurements.

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  • Accession Number: 00044092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 9371 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1973 12:00AM