A Model for Tidal Circulation Adapted to Monterey Bay, California.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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An implicit numerical model for two-dimensional hydrodynamic flow in coastal seas by Leendertse 1967, as modified by Hart 1976, was applied to Monterey Bay. The model was tested against available water-level and current observations. The responses of Monterey Bay to tidal forcing and steady-state winds were simulated. Under tidal forcing it was found to provide reasonable estimates of sa-surface elevations. Currents were not well predicted, indicating that other mechanisms such as wind, density stratification, and oceanic currents generally dominate the forcing of the circulation in Monterey Bay. The model in its present form was found to be potentially suitable for providing real-time tide correctors during a hydrographic survey, achieving an RMS error of 4.5 cm in predicting sea-surface elevations. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography