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Dynamics of Willapa Bay, Wash.
Links to the coastal ocean · Tidal dispersion · Oyster carrying capacity

This page gives results from Neil Banas' doctoral work in Barbara Hickey's group at UW Oceanography. From 1995 to 2005, the Hickey group took part in a Washington SeaGrant and PNCERS-supported project that aimed to establish the links between coastal ocean dynamics, estuarine circulation, primary production, and oyster production in Willapa Bay and the other small, outer-coast estuaries of Washington and Oregon.

See the papers below (or their alternate incarnations as Neil's dissertation chapters) for the full story. For the short version, see the overheads from Neil's final exam. Or take the interactive tidal model for a spin.

Much of our data is available online at the Hickey group home page. There's monthly data available from the Washington Department of Ecology web site too.

 

 

Neil's dissertation

papers
other stuff
       
synopsis

front matter
(including abstract)

overheads (7.4 MB PDF) from Neil's final exam, May 16, 2005

Please contact me (neil@ocean.washington.edu) before extracting any of these slides from the whole presentation.

       
NW coast overview
chapter 1
Hickey BM, Banas NS (2003) Oceanography of the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast and estuaries with application to coastal ecology. Estuaries, 26:1010-1031. see also BM Hickey, X Zhang, and N Banas (2002) Coupling between the California Current System and a coastal plain estuary in low riverflow conditions. J. Geophys. Res., 107, 10.1029/1999JC000160 (© AGU, all rights reserved)
 
   
observations
chapter 2
Banas NS, Hickey BM, MacCready P, Newton JA (2004) Dynamics of Willapa Bay, Washington: A highly unsteady partially mixed estuary. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 34:2413-2427. ← a summary of this paper appeared in the Papers of Note section of the Bulletin of the Amer. Met. Soc. in Jan 2005.
       

circulation modeling

chapter 3 Banas NS, Hickey BM (2005) Mapping exchange and residence time in a model of Willapa Bay, Washington, a branching, macrotidal estuary. J. Geophys. Res. 110, C11011, doi:10.1029/2005JC002950.
interactive tidal model
       

oysters & primary production

chapter 4 Banas NS, Hickey BM, Newton JA, and Ruesink J (2007) Tidal exchange, bivalve grazing, and patterns of primary production in Willapa Bay, Washington, USA. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 341:123-139.  
       
 

bibliography

complete dissertation
(9.4 MB)