Modelling tide-driven currents and residual eddies in the Gulf of Kachchh and their seasonal variability: A marine environmental planning perspective

Physical Oceanography Division, National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa 403004, India
Ecological Modelling (Impact Factor: 2.07). 06/2005; 184(2-4):299-312. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2004.10.013

ABSTRACT Tide-driven currents in the Gulf of Kachchh (GoK) have been studied using MIKE21 hydrodynamic model. The results are validated with measured currents for three different periods characterized by different wind fields. Comparison of model results showed very good agreement with the measured currents. The study suggests that though the currents of GoK are predominantly tide-driven, they respond significantly to the seasonally changing wind system. Strong southwesterly winds enhance the flood tidal currents by about 20% but reduce the ebb tidal currents by about 20% during June–July. The currents intensify during NE monsoon period as well as SW monsoon period when the winds become stronger. However, the currents are comparatively weak during pre-monsoon transition. Irregular topography of the western gulf slows down the tidal wave propagation and induces a phase shift. Tidal residual currents computed from the model results exhibit the presence of three eddies in the western gulf. The tide–topography interaction could be responsible for generating eddies in the residual flow field. It is possible that these eddies could effectively decrease the flushing rate of materials discharged in the upstream gulf, and subsequently increase their residence time. The hydrodynamic modelling setup forms a base for future ecological modelling endeavours planned for the gulf in order to reduce stress on the ecosystem especially in the sensitive areas such as the Marine National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

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    • "The initial distribution of sediment concentrations is of critical importance for sediment transport modelling (Lee et al., 2007). Often, the initial concentrations are assumed to be constant for the entire model domain or uses field observations which are rather scattered point observations.Two-dimensional hydrodynamic modelshas been extensively used to simulatethe hydrodynamics, water quality, wave dynamics and related processes in coastal areas (Chubarenko et al., 2001), tide driven currents and residual eddies in the Gulf of Kachch(Babu et al., 2005). "
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    • "Modelling the costal seawater environment can provide a cost effective solution which can reveal the hydrodynamics and other related processes well before taking investment decisions. Mathematical modelling has thus become an effective tool in decision-making related to environmental issues and quantitative environmental impact assessment (Jorgensen and Bendoricchio, 2001; Gertsev and Gertseva, 2004; Babu et al., 2005; Lattemann and Höpner, 2008; Vijay et al., 2010a). A few modelling studies have been carried out in India to understand some of the issues relating to water quality deterioration caused by the disposal of urban sewage and industrial effluents (Gupta et al., 2004; Desa et al., 2005; Vethamony et al., 2005; Vijay et al., 2010b). "
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    ABSTRACT: Two-dimensional hydrodynamic and advection-dispersion simulations were carried out to identify the appropriate locations of inlet and outlet for cool seawater discharges from the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal using MIKE-21 suites of software. The model simulations were validated by comparing the observed and simulated hydrodynamics in terms of water depths, current speeds and directions. The model is satisfactorily correlated with coefficients 0.98, 0.86 and 0.91 for water depth, current speed and direction, respectively. The validated model was extended to predict the advection-dispersion phenomena for the two scenarios based on positions of inlet and outlet and their discharges. The predicted results of cool water discharges were compared to the existing Environmental Health and Safety, World Bank guidelines for LNG discharge facilities. It was observed that a trade-off is required before taking engineering decisions for selecting an environmentally acceptable and energy efficient option for such cool water discharges from an LNG facility.
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    • "So far the GoK has attracted many workers to study its offshore dynamics in this complex macrotidal regime. There have been several studies of the region which essentially addressed its current dynamics (Shetye 1999), suspended sediment transport (Nair et al. 1982; Chauhan 1994; Kunte et al. 2003; Chauhan et al. 2004, 2006; Ramaswamy et al. 2007), sediment character of sea floor (Hashimi et al. 1978) and various sedimentation processes (Vora et al. 1987; Babu et al. 2005; Vethamony et al. 2005, 2007). However, comparatively the understanding of sedimentation along the coastline has remained 'Terra incognita', owing to the lack of work published on its geomorphology and textural attributes (Kar 1993; Maurya et al. 2008; Prizomwala et al. 2010; Shukla et al. 2010). "
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    ABSTRACT: The present study is an attempt towards understanding the sediment routing system in the semi-arid margin of the Gulf of Kachchh, which is one of the largest macrotidal regimes in the northern Arabian Sea. Investigations based on heavy minerals, clay minerals, mineral magnetic properties and sediment geo-chemistry indicated that there are three major sources of sediments contributing to the Gulf of Kachchh basin: (1) Indus River, (2) Kachchh mainland coastal rivers and (3) the Saurashtra peninsular coastal rivers. The flanks of northern and southern coast of western Gulf of Kachchh show dominant signatures of Kachchh mainland/Saurashtra peninsular provenance. In contrast, the eastern Gulf of Kachchh coast bearing fine grained sediments shows dominant Indus River Provenance. Although ephemeral in nature, the small coastal rivers of Saurashtra and Kachchh contribute significant amount of sediments to the Gulf of Kachchh coastline because of their 'dryland' nature and thus they control the coarse grained sedimentation processes.
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