Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Research article
13 Jul 2020
Research article |  | 13 Jul 2020

The role of turbulence and internal waves in the structure and evolution of a near-field river plume

Rebecca A. McPherson, Craig L. Stevens, Joanne M. O'Callaghan, Andrew J. Lucas, and Jonathan D. Nash


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AR by Rebecca McPherson on behalf of the Authors (19 Feb 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Feb 2020) by Bernadette Sloyan
RR by Alexander Osadchiev (01 Mar 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (30 Mar 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Apr 2020) by Bernadette Sloyan
AR by Rebecca McPherson on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 Jun 2020) by Bernadette Sloyan
Short summary
River plume characteristics (density, velocity, turbulence) are measured in the first several kilometers of a river flow entering a New Zealand fjord. These observations are used to quantify the influence of the main plume dynamics on controlling the behavior and structure of the flow. The mixing of dense, stationary water from below into the fast-flowing plume drove its deceleration. Internal waves were capable of transporting almost 15 % of the total momentum out beyond the plume's boundaries.