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Diagnostic modeling of trace metal partitioning in south San Francisco Bay

January 1, 1996

The two-dimensional numerical model ELAmet was used to investigate the effect of adsorption kinetics on the apparent distribution coefficients of Cu, Cd, and Zn in south San Francisco Bay, California. The numerical experiments were designed to determine whether adsorption kinetics can control the basin-scale variability of the observed partitioning and to define the conditions under which adsorption kinetics could account for strong interannual variability in partitioning.

The numerical results indicate that aqueous speciation will control basin-scale spatial variations in the apparent distribution coefficient, Kda, if the system is close to equilibrium. However, basin-scale spatial variations in Kda are determined by the location of the sources of metal and the suspended solids concentration of the receiving water if the system is far from equilibrium. The overall spatial variability in Kda also increases as the system moves away from equilibrium.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1995
Title Diagnostic modeling of trace metal partitioning in south San Francisco Bay
DOI 10.4319/lo.1995.40.2.0345
Authors T. W. Wood, A. M. Baptista, J.S. Kuwabara, A.R. Flegal
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Limnology and Oceanography
Index ID 70174331
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization San Francisco Bay-Delta; Toxic Substances Hydrology Program; Pacific Regional Director's Office