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Flushing of the port of Ensenada using a SIBEO wave-driven seawater pump

Steven Peter Czitrom, Cesar Coronado and Ismael Nuñez

Vol. 2 (2007), No. 8, 1459–1469

A SIBEO wave-driven seawater pump is proposed to inject clean and oxygen-rich seawater from outside the port of Ensenada, Baja California, to promote flushing in the more stagnant sections of the harbor. Results from a simple two-dimensional numerical model of the port hydrodynamics shed light on how the tides cannot on their own adequately flush the system. A three-dimensional model, which includes thermal stratification, illustrates how the pumped seawater ventilation can spread throughout the harbor via a density channel set up by the seasonal thermocline.

wave energy, flushing of stagnant coastal water bodies
Received: 17 August 2006
Revised: 17 April 2007
Accepted: 20 April 2007
Published: 1 October 2007
Steven Peter Czitrom
Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Circuito Exterior S/N
Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México D.F.
Cesar Coronado
Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada
Km 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada
22860 Ensenada
Baja California
Ismael Nuñez
Alfred-Wegener Institut für Polar und Meeresforschung, Bussestrasse 24
D-27570, Bremerhaven