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ISRN Oceanography
Volume 2013, Article ID 424572, 27 pages
Review Article

Water Circulation, Sediment Transport, and Pollutant Dynamics in Southern Iberia Waters: A Review on Numerical Modelling Studies

Departamento de Física Aplicada I, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica (ETSIA), Universidad de Sevilla, Carretera Utrera km 1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain

Received 22 August 2012; Accepted 9 October 2012

Academic Editors: C. W. Brown and C. Lamborg

Copyright © 2013 R. Periáñez. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Southern Iberian Peninsula coastal waters have a high ecologic and economic value. The objective of this work has consisted of describing numerical models which simulate the dispersion of particle-reactive tracers in these waters and reproducing measured concentration levels in water and bed sediment samples. Additionally, information on suspended matter concentration distributions and sedimentation rates is obtained. In the Alboran Sea, the model has been applied to simulate the transport of radionuclides introduced from atmospheric fallout. Transport pathways of heavy metals discharged from three rivers draining a large mining area have been obtained for the Gulf of Cadiz. It has been found that these rivers constitute a source of trace elements to the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar. Some characteristic times have been calculated, as well as fluxes of isotopes through the Strait of Gibraltar, as additional results of environmental interest.