Accession Number:

ADA609778

Title:

Front Resolving Observational Network with Telemetry (FRONT)

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

CONNECTICUT UNIV GROTON DEPT OF MARINE SCIENCES

Report Date:

2000-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

We are developing an observation and prediction system for a dynamically complex region of the coastal ocean. Our long-term goal is to implement and test a data-assimilative observation system that mitigates effects of undersampling, and allows forecasting of physical and biological fields. Data-assimilative models physical and biological will provide an integral part of the system. The models will assimilate data from a variety of in situ and remote sensors. A wireless communications network will telemeter data to shore in real time. We are installing the Front Resolving Observational Network with Telemetry FRONT on a portion of continental shelf south of the eastern end of Long Island, New York Figure 1A, below. Historical observations indicate that variable bathymetry and strong tides interact with energetic wind- and buoyancy-forced motions to produce recurring fronts. For example, Figure 1A shows SeaWiFS chlorophyll concentration yellow high, blue low with a sharp gradient in the middle of the FRONT site the square subdomain. Our objective is to develop and test the observation system in this complex dynamical regime.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE