LONG WAVE STUDY OF MONTEREY BAY.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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Monterey Bay, on the west coast of the United States, is unique in that it is a large, symmmetric, semi-elliptical bay divided north and south by the deep Monterey Canyon. The effect of the canyon on seiching within the bay and on long wave oscillations within the bay was studied by analyzing synchronized wave records at each end of the bay. Power spectra and cross spectra calculated for five periods selected from six months continuous data indicate the Monterey Canyon has a profound effect on the bays oscillating characteristics. The canyon appears to act as an impedence barrier dividing the bay into two independent oscillating basins each having recurring long-period waves which persists during significant long-wave activity. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography