A Compact Meteorological, Water Following (MET) Drifter for Aircraft Deployment
Final rept. 1 Oct 94-31 Dec 98
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA
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The long-term goal is to study the variability of the upper ocean current systems and their relationship to meteorological forcing. To this end, spatially coherent field observations are required of the ocean response and the atmospheric forcing. A new instrument, the MINIMET, a water-following drifter, was designed as a tool to obtain ocean and atmospheric data. Arrays of MINIMETs will be utilized in a coordinated field experiment in marginal seas to study wind-driven ocean currents. The scientific objectives are to obtain direct measurements of ocean circulation on various time and space scales that are of sufficient spatial density and time duration so both seasonal means and intra-seasonal variations can be determined. This data will be used to test model dynamics, both in the processes which determine the mean motions, as well as the exchange of energy and momentum between the mean and eddies.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography