Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 15, 951–966, 2019
Ocean Sci., 15, 951–966, 2019

Research article 17 Jul 2019

Research article | 17 Jul 2019

A hydrodynamic model for Galveston Bay and the shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Jiabi Du et al.

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The northern Gulf of Mexico is characterized by complex estuary–shelf–ocean interactions. We developed a 3-D model to represent these interactions. The model is validated with observational data and used to examine the remote influence of Mississippi–Atchafalaya freshwater discharge on Texas coastal systems. Numerical experiments reveal that the remote influence varies greatly under different wind conditions, suggesting great control from the shelf circulations on estuarine dynamics.