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Article Title

Observations of Oceanic Processes and Water Quality following Seven Years of CTD Surveys in Santa Monica Bay, California

Volume

95

Issue

1

First Page

17

Last Page

32

Abstract

The Environmental Monitoring Division conducted weekly CTD (con- ductivity-temperature-density) surveys in the Santa Monica Bay from September 1987 through June 1994 as part of a federal and state mandated ocean monitoring program for Los Angeles City's wastewater discharge. The data provide a unique opportunity to track the development and direction of movement of the discharged wastewater. Direction of wastewater field movement was highly variable whereas seasonal development followed general trends. Salinity anomaly, a measure of the deviation from mean salinity, was devised to more effectively detect the wastewater field and provided for estimation of effluent dilution in situ.