Modeling of the Atmospheric Circulation in the Santa Barbara Channel
OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS COLL OF OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
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The long term goal is to better understand and predict the physics of small to mesoscale circulations in the coastal atmosphere using a combination of observations and model simulations. The objective of this project is to determine how local, coastal wind fields in the Santa Barbara Channel SBC region are affected by slowly varying synoptic weather conditions and diurnal heating. Hindcast simulations have been performed for a two-week period in April that encompassed both strong synoptic forcing representative of winter conditions, and circulations that are driven by local heating, which are more typical in summer. Wind stress from these simulations will be provided to investigators examining the role of local winds in forcing coastal ocean circulations.
- Atmospheric Physics