Accession Number:

ADA199848

Title:

Environmental Influences on the Production of Arctic Halocline and Deep Water

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

Pease 1987 related the effects of atmospheric forcing, mainly temperature and wind fields, to the size of coastal polynas. Using Peases formulation and Killworths 1977 plume model as applied by Melling and Lewis 1982, the effects of atmospheric forcing on brine injection into the Arctic pycnocline are investigated. This paper will discuss the likelihood of coastal polynas as a source for denser abyssal waters. A standard case was developed for the model with initial conditions taken from Melling and Lewis 1982 and Pease 1987 for comparison with individual sensitivity experiments. Ten environmental parameters were individually examined for their influence on the plume depth after 90 days. The standard case resulted in a 90-day plume depth of 436 meters. A submarine canyon case was simulated, resulting in plume penetration to over 1300 meters in 90 days. Further experiments used actual T-S soundings. Finally, a 20 kilometer wide plume is shown to penetrate to almost 600 meters in 90 days. Keywords Arctic Halocline Deep water Plume flow Polyna Theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE