Knight Inlet 2007 Movies

Rich Pawlowicz
Updated 19/April/2007


Knight Inlet is a remote coastal fjord in British Columbia. Since 1980 it has been widely studied by physical and biological oceanographers, acousticians, fluid dynamicists, numerical modellers, and theorists - people who like to think about stratified flow over bumps - because the fjord is roughly straight with a particularly simple (nearly 2-dimensional) sill which produces a wide array of internal flow patterns in response to changing tides. These internal flow patterns tend to produce rough and smooth patches on the surface which helps in identifying what is going on.

In March 2007 I visited the area in collaboration with Patrick Cummins and Svein Vagle (Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC) and Larry Armi (Scripps Institution of Oceanography). As well as measuring water column properties from the research vessel Vector and the smaller motor vessel Elvis) I hiked up the side of the fjord to take time-lapse sequences of the sill. The images and animations on this page show the results.


Date Single image Movie
Wednesday Mar 14
Thursday Mar 15
Thursday Mar 15 (up inlet view)
Friday Mar 16 (RADAR only)
Saturday Mar 17
Sunday Mar 18
Sunday Mar 18 (overview)
Monday Mar 19
Monday Mar 19 (bridge pics in afternoon)