The Seasonal Density Structure and Circulation on the Continental Shelf.
ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE MIAMI FLA
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A computer simulation model is used to study the gross seasonal density structure and circulation patterns in waters over the continental shelf. The model consists of a non-linear, time-dependent, two-layer ocean on an f-plane with friction and varying bottom topography. Stirring on both sides of the interface and the resulting entrainments produce a density flux between layers which, together with surface cooling, tends to reduce stratification. Seasonal heating, along with secondary, cross-shelf circulation patterns, tends to restore stratification. A comparison is made with BT-sections across the continental shelves off Cape Canaveral and off New York. Modified author abstract
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography