Event Title

Wind-driven upwelling in the northern Strait of Georgia

Presentation Abstract

Recent monitoring and modelling efforts have identified a mid-depth reservoir of inorganic carbon in the Strait of Georgia that can produce near-surface aragonite undersaturation. Wind-driven upwelling of these corrosive waters into coastal areas could be hazardous to the ecosystem, especially aquaculture shellfish. Using one of the latest hydrodynamic modelling frameworks for the region, SalishSeaCast, we simulate several wind-driven upwelling events in the northern Strait and assess their role in transporting water from the aragonite-undersaturated layer into areas of high shellfish farm density like Baynes Sound and the Discovery Islands. We find that southerly winds produce strong upwelling near Denman and Hornby Islands that can be advected into Baynes Sound, while northerly winds produce strong upwelling near the Discovery Islands and along the northern Sunshine Coast and Texada Island. We further quantify the strength and persistence of upwelling in these areas using a passive tracer, and we discuss the implications for carbonate chemistry using data from recent carbon sampling in the northern Strait.

Session Title

Ocean Acidification: Modeling and Predictions

Conference Track

SSE5: Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Research

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE5-612

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:45 PM

End Date

5-4-2018 2:00 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

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Wind-driven upwelling in the northern Strait of Georgia

Recent monitoring and modelling efforts have identified a mid-depth reservoir of inorganic carbon in the Strait of Georgia that can produce near-surface aragonite undersaturation. Wind-driven upwelling of these corrosive waters into coastal areas could be hazardous to the ecosystem, especially aquaculture shellfish. Using one of the latest hydrodynamic modelling frameworks for the region, SalishSeaCast, we simulate several wind-driven upwelling events in the northern Strait and assess their role in transporting water from the aragonite-undersaturated layer into areas of high shellfish farm density like Baynes Sound and the Discovery Islands. We find that southerly winds produce strong upwelling near Denman and Hornby Islands that can be advected into Baynes Sound, while northerly winds produce strong upwelling near the Discovery Islands and along the northern Sunshine Coast and Texada Island. We further quantify the strength and persistence of upwelling in these areas using a passive tracer, and we discuss the implications for carbonate chemistry using data from recent carbon sampling in the northern Strait.