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The water residence time in the Mururoa atoll lagoon: sensitivity analysis of a three-dimensional model
Tartinville, B.; Deleersnijder, E.; Rancher, J. (1997). The water residence time in the Mururoa atoll lagoon: sensitivity analysis of a three-dimensional model. Coral Reefs 16: 193-203
In: Coral Reefs. Springer: Berlin; Heidelberg; New York. ISSN 0722-4028, more
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Keywords
    Inflow; Ocean tides; Stratification; Wind stress; ISE, French Polynesia, Tuamotu Is., Mururoa Atoll [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Tartinville, B.
  • Deleersnijder, E., more
  • Rancher, J.

Abstract
    The role of oceanic tide, wind stress, hoa inflow and stratification in the long-term circulation in Mururoa lagoon is investigated using a sensitivity analysis carried out by means of a three-dimensional model. Water renewal time scales are estimated. Wind stress is shown to be the dominant forcing. The hoa inflow slightly increases the turnover time, while stratification enhances the impact of motion in vertical planes parallel to the wind stress. The modelled turnover time is approximately 100 days, and becomes much larger than one year whenever the wind stress is disregarded.

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