Lagrangian Observations of the Deep Western Boundary Currents in the North Pacific During KERE.
Final rept. 1 Jan 91-30 Sep 96,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The goal of this project was to study the DWBC in the N. Pacific off Japan by examining the trajectories of neutrally-buoyant floats deployed in the DWBC. This study resulted from the observation that numerical model solutions of upper ocean flows in the western Pacific often appear to depend on the state of the deep ocean flow near the western boundary this is presumably due to the fact that the upper ocean potential vorticity distribution is dependent on the potential vorticity in the deep ocean. Since little is known about the DWBC and the abyssal flow in the western N. Pacific, it was proposed to study these flows over a period of several years and to provide useful input to the construction of numerical models of the Pacific.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors