Accession Number:

ADA609811

Title:

Observations and Modeling of the West Florida Continental Shelf Circulation

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SAINT PETERSBURG COLL OF MARINE SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

My long-term goal is improved understanding of how physical processes affect material property distributions on continental shelves. These include biological red-tide algae and fish larvae, chemical nutrients, and geological sediment resuspensiontransport measures, and the physical responses of the currents and sea level. To achieve this goal I must accomplish a related set of objectives. In logical order, these are. 1 I am developing a description of the seasonally varying circulation on the West Florida Continental Shelf WFS using a combination of in-situ measurements and numerical circulation models. 2 Along with description, I am developing a quantitative understanding of how the various forcing functions tides synoptic weather and surface, coastal, and offshore buoyancy fluxes affect the WFS circulation. 3 I am determining how these processes affect along and across-shelf material property transports, with emphasis on the frictional boundary layers. 4 Given large seasonal transitions, I am assessing the relative importances of the surface heat and fresh water fluxes and the coastal ocean dynamics in determining WFS water properties. 5 I want to relate these foregoing physical factors to questions of geological, biological, and chemical importance for example, storm surges, sediment redistributions, nutrient distributions, species migrations and successions, primary productivity, red-tides, and how all of these factors affect inherent optical properties IOPs. 6 Since these objectives require sampling over various time and length scales using an assortment of instruments, I am working toward a WFS Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network AOSN site south of Tampa Bay that may be useful for naval defense related experimentation.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE