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Tracing and modeling pollutant transport in Boston Harbor

Richard F. Kossik, Philip Gschwend, Eric Adams
227 pp.
MITSG 86-16

The harmonic finite element circulation model TEA and the Eulerian-Lagrangian transport model ELA were modified and applied with high spatial resolution to Boston Harbor. The applicability of a number of volatile halogenated organic compounds as tracers in coastal waters was investigated, and complementary tracer experiments were carried out. The model was then calibrated to the tracer measurements in order to evaluate model behavior and investigate physical and chemical transport processes in the harbor. Model simulations agree well with measurements, and calibrated parameters have physically realistic values. Comparisons with observations indicate adequate representation of the major processes acting in the system; further validation efforts are justified.

type: Technical reports

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