Accession Number:

ADA470734

Title:

Water Masses in the Monterey Bay during the Summer of 2000

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV

Report Date:

2007-01-19

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Water masses in Monterey Bay are determined from the CTD casts of the Monterey Ocean Observing System MOOS Upper-water-column Science Experiment MUSE August 2000 dataset. It is shown through cluster analysis that the MUSE 2000 CTD dataset contains 5 water masses. These five water masses are bay surface water BSW, bay warm water BWW, bay intermediate water BIW, subarctic upper water SUW, and North Pacific deep water NPDW. The BWW is a new water mass that exists in one area and is attributed to the effects of solar heating. The volumes occupied by each of the water masses are obtained. The BIW water is the most dominant water mass and occupies 68.8 of the volume. The statistical means and standard deviations for each water parameter, including spiciness and oxygen concentration, are calculated during separate upwelling and relaxed periods. The water mass content and structure are analyzed and studied during upwelling and a relaxed period. During upwelling, along a CTD track off Pt. Ano Nuevo, the water mass Temperature-Salinity distribution tended to be organized along three branches. Off Pt. Ano Nuevo the innovative coastal observation network ICON model showed the formation of a cyclonic eddy during the analyzed upwelling period. In time the eddy moved southwest and became absorbed into the southerly flow during the initial phases of the following wind-relaxed period.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE