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Subtidal Circulation over the Upper Slope to the West of Monterey Bay, California 9781423500346

Subtidal Circulation over the Upper Slope to the West of Monterey Bay, California

ISBN-10: 1423500342
ISBN-13: 9781423500346
PUBLISHER: Storming Media
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Product Description: Moored current meters were used to describe currents over the continental slope off Monterey Bay, California, from March 1998 to March 2003. The water depth at this location was 1800 m and current observations included depths of 16-88 m, 210-290 m, 305 m and 1200 m although measurements at 16-88 m were not continuous. Poleward currents dominated the flow between 24 and 305 m. At 305 m the mean flow was 3.9 cm/s toward 334 deg. Surprisingly, at 1200 m the mean flow reversed and was 0.8 cm/s toward 169 deg. The principal axis for the flow at 305 m (1200 m) was 349 deg. (350 deg), the semi-major axis was 9.4 cm/s (5.8 cm/s) and the semi-minor axis 3.4 (2.0 cm/s). The direction of the principal axis and the mean flow at 1200 m was aligned with the bathymetry to the east of the mooring site. The seasonal cycle at 305 m was dominated by an acceleration of the poleward flow from a minimum near zero on April 15 to maximum, 25 cm/s on July 15. This flow resulted in an increase of temperature at 305 m of 1.2 deg. C due to geostrophic adjustment and a corresponding 10 cm increase in sea level due to steric effects. The acceleration of alongshore flow was out of phase with the alongshore pressure gradient which was greatest in mid-April. At 1200 m, the temperature increase (0.2 deg. C) only lasted from April 15 to June 1 after which equatorward flow increased and temperature decreased. Mesoscale variability dominated the velocity measurements with maximum variance at about 60-day periods. At 305 m, the eddy kinetic energy was greatest (smallest) in October (December), 40 /sq cm/s-sq. (4 cm sq./s-squared) while at 1200 m the maximum (minimum) occurred in July (February), 5 cm sq./s- sq. (0.5 cm sq./s-sq.). Poleward events were stronger at 305 m while equatorward events were stronger at 1200 m. The three first empirical orthogonal functions explained 90% of the temporal variability of the horizontal currents.

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