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River plumes are generated by the flow of buoyant river water into the coastal ocean, where they significantly influence water properties and circulation. They comprise dynamically distinct regions spanning a large range of spatial and temporal scales, each contributing to the dilution and transport of freshwater as it is carried away from the source. River plume structure varies greatly among different plume systems, depending on the forcing and geometry of each system. Individual systems may also exhibit markedly different characteristics under varied forcing conditions. Research over the past decade, including a series of major observational efforts, has significantly improved our understanding of the dynamics and mixing processes in these regions. Although these studies have clarified many individual processes, a holistic description of the interaction and relative importance of different mixing and transport processes in river plumes has not yet been realized.

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