Accession Number:

AD0756574

Title:

A Study of Time Variability of Surface Currents at a Point in Monterey Bay.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

114.0

Abstract:

The geomagnetic electrokinetograph GEK was used to measure surface currents near the center of Monterey Bay during six separate 24-hour periods from May through July, 1972. An average of 244 current vectors were derived for each cruise. The mean currents from these cruises are all southerly and ranged from 4.1 cmsec to 20.4 cmsec. The average of these mean currents is 12.1 cmsec toward 163T. These values were compared with individual currents derived from dynamic topographies from the same period. Diurnal and semi-diurnal variations of the current were studied after subjecting the data to a Fourier analysis. It was concluded that there must be at least an indirect coupling of the ocean currents with the semi-diurnal tide at the data point. The diurnal component also is important it may be tidal or inertial, or merely related to the passage of the sun. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE