- Tidal dynamics of the Terminos Lagoon, Mexico: observations and 3D numerical modelling doi link

Auteur(s): Contreras ruiz Adolfo, Douillet P., Zavala hidalgo Jorge

(Article) Publié: Ocean Dynamics, vol. 64 p.1349-1371 (2014)

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DOI: 10.1007/s10236-014-0752-3
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The tidal circulation patterns in the Terminos Lagoon were studied based on the analysis of 1 year of measurements and numerical simulations using a baroclinic 3D hydrodynamic model, the MARS3D. A gauging network was installed consisting of six self-recording pressure-temperature sensors, a tide gauge station and two current profilers, with pressure and temperature sensors moored in the main lagoon inlets. Model simulations were validated against current and sea level observations and were used to analyse the circulation patterns caused by the tidal forcing. The numerical model was forced with eight harmonic components, four diurnal (K1, O1, P1, Q1) and four semi-diurnal (M2, S2, N2, K2), extracted from the TPX0.7 database. The tidal patterns in the study area vary from mixed, mainly diurnal in the two main inlets of the lagoon, to diurnal in its interior. The tidal residual circulation inside the lagoon is dominated by a cyclonic gyre. The results indicate a net flux from the southwest Ciudad del Carmen inlet (CdC) towards the northeast Puerto Real inlet (PtR) along the southern side of the lagoon and the opposite in the northern side. The results indicate two areas of strong currents in the vicinity of the inlets and weak currents inside the lagoon. The area of strong currents in the vicinity of the CdC inlet is larger than that observed in the PtR inlet. Nevertheless, the current analysis indicates that the highest current speeds, which can reach a magnitude of 1.9 m s−1, occurred in PtR. A further analysis of the tide distortion in the inlets revealed that both passages are ebb dominated.