Fate of terrestrial runoffs on the coastal zone of Noumea (New-Caledonia) : Moorings and CTD profiles
|Temporal extent||2016-12-01 -2017-04-30|
|Author(s)||Desclaux Terence1, Soulard Benoit1, Bruyere Oriane1, Petton Sebastien2, Royer Florence1, Hubert Clarisse1, Le Tesson Eric1, Lemonnier Hugues1, Schohn Thomas1, Le Gendre Romain1|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : IFREMER, LEAD-NC, New Caledonia
2 : IFREMER, PFOM, Argenton, France
|Keyword(s)||New Caledonia, Noumea, Lagoon, Hydrodynamics, Circulation, Pressure, Currents, Temperature, Salinity, Waves, Coastal environment, Terrestrial runoffs, Water quality, PRESENCE Project|
As the main city of New Caledonia, Nouméa, rapidly expends, the amount of anthropogenic compounds it releases to the nearby lagoon increases. These human-induced bulks are then transported through terrestrial runoffs and can stress sensitive ecosystems. Besides, the area faces recurring atmospheric extreme events, with more than one cyclone and two tropical depressions every year. The heavy downpours and devastating winds such events carry have the potential to alter the lagoon water mixing and bring human-induced matter up to usually undisturbed areas. Therefore, in order to understand the spatial extent and the propagation kinetics of runoff plumes produced by these events, observations (CTD profiles and pressure, temperature and conductivity moorings) have been conjointly conducted over the 2016-2017 tropical summer (from December to April). During this period the lagoon encountered two major events: Cook cyclone and a moderate tropical depression.
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|Acknowledgements||IRD Noumea naval and diving teams (Miguel Clarque, Samuel Tereua, Eric Folcher)|