A STUDY OF CURRENTS IN SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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Measurements of surface and subsurface water circulation in shallow water in the extreme southern end of Monterey Bay were made by tracking drogues from the beach. A computer program included in the appendix was developed to transform the raw survey data into drogue courses and speeds, and to plot their trajectories. Analysis of the drogue tracks showed a predominance of shoreward flow. Interpretation of the effect of wind and sea conditions upon the observed water transport revealed a close dependence upon winds above five knots, in contrast to an apparent lack of dependence upon tidal variations and waves. Water motions in general responded to changes in the character of the wind with very little time lag, the lag increasing slightly with depty. Water flow commonly diminished and was deflected an increasing amount to the right of the wind with depth, presumably in response to Coriolis effect. Author