The Windy Islands Soliton Experiment (WISE)
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The long-term goal is to enhance our understanding of coastal oceanography by means of applying simple dynamical theories to high-quality observations obtained in the field. My primary area of expertise is physical oceanography, but I also enjoy collaborating with biological, chemical, acoustical, and optical oceanographers to work on interdisciplinary problems. I collaborate frequently with numerical modelers to improve our predictive capabilities of Navy-relevant parameters in the littoral zone. The objective of this grant is to observe the ocean variability in the northeastern South China Sea for a period of one year. Previous work suggests that this variability stems from the wind-driven mesoscale, the Kuroshio Current intrusions, the tides, and very large amplitude non-linear internal waves. The internal waves are associated with the tidal bore which originates somewhere near the Luzon Ridge and propagates WNW across the deep basin to the Chinese continental shelf and slope. The seasonal variability and the impact of the Kuroshio Current interactions on the wave generation and propagation problem has been previously unknown. In addition to the problems inherent scientific interest, understanding and predicting the wave behavior and associated acoustic perturbations is of strong Naval tactical value as well.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography