Accession Number : ADA267014


Title :   Ray Tracing on Topographic Rossby Waves


Descriptive Note : Summary rept,


Corporate Author : RHODE ISLAND UNIV NARRAGANSETT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY


Personal Author(s) : Meinen, Christopher ; Fields, Erik ; Pickart, Robert ; Watts, D R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a267014.pdf


Report Date : May 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 49


Abstract : Topographic Rossby Waves (TRWs) have been identified with the largest variability in deep current meter records along the continental slope in the Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB). Ray tracing theory is applied to TRWs using the real bottom topography of the MAB and the observed stratification. The depression relation for TRWs is derived and various wavenumber limits are discussed. A computational method for tracing the waves is presented including the necessity of smoothing the bathymetry. In the examples shown, TRWs with periods of 24-48 days generally propagate southwestward, changing their wavelengths from 400 to 100 kilometers in response to the change in bottom slope. TRW paths are shown that connect from the SYNOP Central Array near 68 deg W to the SYNOP Inlet Array near Cape Hatteras.... Topographic rossby waves, SYNOP, Mid Atlantic bight


Descriptors :   *RAY TRACING , *OCEAN BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY , *ROSSBY WAVES , OCEAN CURRENTS , NUMERICAL ANALYSIS , PATHS , ARRAYS , INLETS , CAPE HATTERAS , LONGITUDE , LATITUDE , STRATIFICATION , TOPOGRAPHY , BATHYMETRY , CONTINENTAL SLOPES , SLOPE


Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE