Coastal Embayments

Numerical circulation models are being developed for selected coastal embayments to provide quantitative representations of local currents and sea levels, and to estimate dispersion rates of pollutants and other materials. The finite-element models used in Atlantic Shelf Circulation Modelling are being adapted to the complex geometry and varying shoreline of embayments, providing high local resolution while including portions of the offshore shelf.

Initial applications focussed on Halifax Harbour, examining the sea level response to the 1917 Halifax Explosion (Greenberg et al. 1993) and the spatial structure of tidal currents in major shipping channels. Applications to Passamaquoddy Bay are being used in the assessment of aquaculture site suitability and productivity (Greenberg et al 2005). Similar applications to Tracadie Bay (P.E.I.) are in progress.

Available Images and Animations

Halifax Harbour
Mesh Image for Halifax Harbour

Mesh Image for Halifax Harbour

Near-Surface Tidal Current animation for Halifax Harbour

Near-Surface Tidal Current animation for Halifax Harbour


Passamaquoddy Bay
Mesh Image for Passamaquoddy Bay

Mesh Image for Passamaquoddy Bay

Topographic Image for Passamaquoddy Bay

Topographic Image for Passamaquoddy Bay

Tidal Currents Animation for Passamaquoddy Bay

Tidal Currents Animation for Passamaquoddy Bay

Tidal Dispersion Animation for Passamaquoddy Bay

Tidal Dispersion Animation for Passamaquoddy Bay

Tracadie Bay
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Tracadie Bay, �}.-P.-É

Mesh Image for Tracadie Bay

Mesh Image for Tracadie Bay

Topographic Image for Tracadie Bay

Topographic Image for Tracadie Bay

1. Greenberg, D.A., T.S. Murty and A. Ruffman. 1993. A numerical model for the Halifax Harbour tsunami due to the 1917 explosion. Mar. Geod. 16(2), 153-167.

2. Greenberg, D. A., Shore, J. A., Page, F. H., Dowd, M., 2005. A finite element circulation model for embayments with drying intertidal areas and its application to the Quoddy region of the Bay of Fundy. Ocean Modelling 10, 211-231.