## Tidal Characteristic Numbers of Temperature

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graphical representations of the characteristic numbers of salinity

## Motivation

The calculation as well as the graphic visualization of various tidal characteristic numbers of temperature and also for the advective transport of heat contributes to an improved understanding of tidally dominated transport processes in estuaries. Spatial variations of temperature, advective transport of heat by means of flood and ebb currents can be highlighted for areas like coastal seas and estuaries as well.

- As the calculations are performed separately for the durations of ebb- and flood-current it can be shown that transport paths can differ significantly for the two tidal phases. From this one can get additional insight with respect to the relevant transport mechanisms dominated by the tidal currents. This can be related to locally varying flood-ebb asymmetries for ebb volume and flood volume. Also the presence of horizontal gradients can contribute to this effect.

- The variation of temperature resulting from the local maximum as well as the local minimum of temperature can be quite large. This is a consequence of the different temperature of e.g. sea and fresh water. The value for the local temperature variation is mainly the result of the product between the horizontal temperature gradient and the lagrangian drift of a water particle during a complete tidal cycle.

An automatic analysis of all tidal characteristic numbers of temperature is carried through by the computer program TDKSF.

## Definitions for the Tidal Characteristic Numbers of Temperature

### Flood Current

#### Advective flood transport of heat

amount of heat, which is transported by means of flood current through a cross section

Example: not available.

### Ebb Current

Advective ebb transport of heat: amount of heat, which is transported by means of ebb current through a cross section

Example: not available.

### Tidal Cycle

#### Maximum Temperature

Maximum value of temperature during a complete tidal cycle (period between two subsequent slack water times of ebb current)

Example: not available.

#### Minimum Temperature

Minimum value of temperature during a complete tidal cycle (period between two subsequent slack water times of ebb current)

Example: not available.

#### Mean Temperature

Average value of temperature during a complete tidal cycle (period between two subsequent slack water times of ebb current)

Example: not available.

#### Tidal Variation of Temperature

Difference between the extreme values of temperature during a complete tidal cycle (period between two subsequent slack water times of ebb current)

Example: not available.

Advective residual transport of heat: residual amount of heat which is transported by means of ebb and flood currents through a cross section (the different transport directions are taken into account). If the advective transport by means of flood current is equal but in opposite direction of the ebb current transport this will result in a zero advective residual transport of heat.

Example: not available.

#### Advective Temperature, Flood-Ebb-Ratio

Flood to ebb ratio for the amounts of heat which are transported by means of flood and ebb currents

Example: not available.

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