Hydrological Processes in a Lagoon–Channel Estuary in the Warm Season: Case Study of the Mouth of the Bol’shaya R., Western Kamchatka
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The results of long-term field studies are used to consider in detail the issues of hydrological regime formation in a lagoon–channel estuary of the Bol’shaya R. in Kamchatka krai, one of the most remote and poorly know Russian regions. A vast body of factual data is given to characterize the estuary and the processes taking place in it, as well as the natural conditions under which it exists.
Keywords:river mouth area estuary hydrology water masses water mixing Kamchatka
This study was carried out under scientific programs of VNIRO and KamchatNIRO with financial support of the project PROON-GEF “Preservation of Kamchatka Salmon Biodiversity and Its Sustainable Use” and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 17-05-01224.
The authors are grateful to V.N. Leman (Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography) for the many-year support of their studies; V.N. Mikhailov (Moscow State University) for valuable consultations; V.V. Kovbasyuk (Kamchatka DHMS) for data of network hydrometeorological observations; S.V. Shmigalev (KamchatNIRO) for his help in expeditions; and D.V. Mishin (State Oceanographic Institute) for the calculation of free-surface curves.
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