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Article Title

Tidal Cycle Distortion in Carpinteria Salt Marsh, California

Volume

95

Issue

2

First Page

88

Last Page

98

Abstract

Strong tidal distortion, consistent with descriptions of other flood tide- dominated shallow systems, was evident in tide gauge records from Carpinteria Salt Marsh (CSM), a 93 ha wetland in southern California. Daily tidal ranges in CSM were less than 50% of predicted values. Low tides levels were higher and varied less than predicted tides. Mean water level in CSM was higher than mean sea level. Ebb tide periods were extended by as much as several hours beyond predicted intervals, and flood tides were correspondingly shorter. Lowest tides in CSM frequently occurred at a time corresponding to predicted Higher Low Water.