Farfield Modeling of the Boynton Inlet Plume
In February, 2007, a tracer study was conducted on the Boynton Inlet, Florida, using sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) tracer. The objectives of this study were to determine if the data collected from the tracer study could be used to develop a farfield model of the plume exiting the Boynton Inlet using limited data to develop a useful predictive result. There are few studies of the farfield movement of inlet plumes in the coastal ocean. The plume was successfully modeled with a Gaussian plume model that appears to mimic the response. It was noted that the tracer concentrated in a series of boluses that migrated north of the inlet. Because the project injected the tracer for only 4 hours during the outgoing time, a long-term result that would hide the boluses was developed. The results showed velocities lower than predicted by the measured current data. The belief is that this is partially a result of tidal influences that affect outflow from the inlet.
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