DID YOU KNOW? DTIC has over 3.5 million final reports on DoD funded research, development, test, and evaluation activities available to our registered users. Click HERE
to register or log in.
The General Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico as a Two-Layer Basin,
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
Pagination or Media Count:
The general circulation in the Gulf of Mexico is treated with two-layer ocean models. Scaling of vorticity equation for the upper layer with the motionless lower layer indicates that the inertia, horizontal eddy viscosity and wind-stress terms are unimportant compared with planetary vorticity and friction proportional to velocity terms for time scales longer than a few months and that a non-stationary motion like Loop Current may develop within a few weeks. Analytical solutions of the linearized transport vorticity equation with planetary vorticity and frictional terms are obtained by use of a Green function method for a rectangular, two-ports basin similar to the Gulf. An equation for change of the upper layer depth along a streamline is obtained from the integral relationships of the non-linear equations of motion. Author
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE