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Analysis and Modeling of Conservative and Nonconservative Transport Processes

The biological and chemical characteristics of aquatic environments depend on a generally complicated balance of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Basic to describing these characteristics is an understanding of transport processes including both advection and mixing. For a given water body, these processes depend heavily on the mass, momentum, and energy transfers at boundaries and the internal response of the system. Many of these transfers and responses are poorly understood. Broad goals of this project are to quantitatively understand the physical processes responsible for the transport of conservative and nonconservative solutes of biological and chemical importance. Through the use of time series analysis and other methods, conceptual, statistical, and numerical models of these processes are being developed.

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