Velocity variations in salt marsh creeks, Norfolk, England

Richard Healey, K. Pye, D. Stoddart, T. Bayliss-Smith

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    The importance of velocity pulses on the flood and ebb tides in salt-marsh creeks has been noted in several studies, but no satisfactory explanation of the causal mechanisms has been made. This paper presents a critical analysis of existing models in the light of new field data from the Warham marshes, Norfolk, England. Measurements indicate that the assumptions of the continuity model approach, relating to the constant asymmetry of stage-time curves and the horizontality of water surfaces on both flood and ebb portions of the tidal cycle, are invalid. The results indicate that velocity via discharge partly controls the rate of stage rise in the creek system. This reverses the causal direction emphasized by the continuity model approach, where the rate of stage rise is regarded entirely as an independent variable controlling velocity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)535-545
    Number of pages11
    JournalEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1981


    Dive into the research topics of 'Velocity variations in salt marsh creeks, Norfolk, England'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this