Accession Number:

ADA609773

Title:

Ocean Monitoring, Coastal Studies and Remote Sensing

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA INST OF GEOPHYSICS AND PLANETARY PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The long-term goal of this research is to develop and test predictive models for nearshore processes. Initial development and testing of models is to be accomplished through monitoring over a broad range of spatial both horizontal and vertical and temporal scales. Model development takes place within the framework of the nearshore as a hierarchical complex system, wherein, at discretely ordered space and time scales, a small number of variables emerge as the dominant influences on the dynamics of this nonlinear, open system and the interactions between these variables give rise to complex, emergent behavior. The specific objectives of this research project are i to identify the dominant variables and processes operative in the nearshore ii to formulate and develop predictive, hierarchical complex systems models for nearshore processes and features, including sand bars, megaripples, breaking waves, infragravity wave generation, surf zone currents, and swash zone flow and morphology iii to monitor on time scales ranging from seconds to years and spatial scales ranging from meters to a kilometer nearshore bathymetric, volumetric and hydrodynamical patterns iv to relate complex systems models to measurements acquired through remote sensing and v to propose and design new field experiments capable of refuting complex systems and competing models.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE