Glider Observations of Circulation Around an Island
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego La Jolla United States
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A continuing interest in oceanographic research involves the observation and prediction of coastal circulation. A special branch of the coastal problem involves circulation around islands, which has been less studied over the years. Island circulation is distinguished from continental coastal circulation primarily by an islands small size relative to the scales of atmospheric forcing and general ocean currents. Relevant processes include boundary currents, eddies shed in the islands wake, and island coastally trapped waves. This project aims to improve the understanding of island circulation through observations using underwater gliders, with the ultimate goal of better prediction.