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Continuous terrain model for water circulation studies, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey


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Andrews, B.D., Defne, Z., Miselis, J.L., and Ganju, N.K., 2015, Continuous terrain model for water circulation studies, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, U. S. Geological Survey data release,


Water quality in the Barnegat Bay estuary along the New Jersey coast is the focus of a multidisciplinary research project begun in 2011 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. This narrow estuary is the drainage for the Barnegat Bay watershed and flushed by just three inlets connecting it to the Atlantic Ocean, is experiencing degraded water quality, algal blooms, loss of seagrass, and increases in oxygen-depletion events. The scale of the estuary and the scope of the problems within it required a regional approach to understand and model water circulation within the bay and adjacent ocean. A continuous elevation surface (terrain model) integrating all available [...]

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The grid provides a continuous elevation (bathymetry and elevation) surface for modeling the circulation of water within Barnegat Bay. The elevation values from this grid are extracted to the modeling domain (a non-rectilinear grid). The polygons shapefile delineates the general boundaries and spatial extent of the input data used to create the terrain model.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7PK0D6B

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