Study of the Near Shore Surface Characteristics of Windrows and Langmuir Circulation in Monterey Bay.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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Observations of the spacing and angle of windrows with respect to the wind speed and direction were conducted in Monterey Bay, using aerial photographs taken of windrow accumulations on 13, 20, 27 April and 3, 11 May 1971. The spacing of windrows was found to depend upon wind speed. These windrows are indicative of the presence of helical vortices in the surface waters, and the data support Langmuirs contention that the fortices are wind-driven. Deflection angles showed small variation to the left and right of the wind with 0 degrees being the most common angle. No correlation was found between depth of the thermocline and row spacing. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography