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Definition of Residence time:
(1) The length of time that a substance remains in an organism or tissue, or in a particular compartment of an ecosystem.[1]


(2) The time it takes for any waterparcel of the sample to leave the lagoon through its outlet to the sea.[2]
This is the common definition for Residence time, other definitions can be discussed in the article

References

  1. Lincoln R., Boxshall G. and Clark P. (1998). A Dictonary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (2nd Ed), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 361pp.
  2. Dronkers J. and Zimmerman J.T.F. (1982). Some principles of mixing in tidal lagoons. Oceanologica Acta. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Coastal Lagoons 107-117.