HPC MSU

Publication Abstract

Multivariate Analysis of the Influences of Oceanic and Meteorological Processes on Suspended Particulate Matter Distributions in Mississippi Coastal Waters

O’Brien, S., Fitzpatrick, P. J., Dzwonkowski, B., Dykstra, S., Wallace, D., Church, I., & Wiggert, J. (2016). Multivariate Analysis of the Influences of Oceanic and Meteorological Processes on Suspended Particulate Matter Distributions in Mississippi Coastal Waters. 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Abstract

The Mississippi Sound is influenced by a high volume of sediment discharge from the Biloxi River, Mobile Bay via Pas aux Herons, Pascagoula River, Pearl River, Wolf River, and Lake Pontchartrain through the Rigolets. The river discharge, variable wind speed, wind direction and tides have a significant impact on the turbidity and transport of sediments in the Sound. Level 1 Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data is processed to extract the remote sensing reflectance at the wavelength of 645 nm and binned into an 8-day composite at a resolution of 500 m. The study uses a regional ocean color algorithm to compute suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentration based on these 8-day composite images. Multivariate analysis is applied between the SPM and time series of tides, wind, turbidity and river discharge measured at federal and academic institutions’ stations and moorings. The multivariate analysis also includes in situ measurements of suspended sediment concentration and advective exchanges through the Mississippi Sound’s tidal inlets between the coastal shelf and the nearshore estuarine waters. Mechanisms underlying the observed spatiotemporal distribution of SPM, including material exchange between the Sound and adjacent shelf waters, will be explored. The results of this study will contribute to current understanding of exchange mechanisms and pathways with the Mississippi Bight via the Mississippi Sound’s tidal inlets.