Laboratory Studies of Density Increase on Shelves
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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LONG TERM GOALS. The long-term goal is to understand the fluid mechanics of buoyancy and wind driven transport on the continental shelf, including along-shelf transport and exchange with the deep Arctic Ocean. OBJECTIVES. To understand flows in scaled laboratory experiments. APPROACH. We developed prototype laboratory experiments and generated simple theories. The experiments and theories indicate design requirements for further experiments. We then design and conduct new laboratory experiments that yield important new observations of flow patterns and quantitative measurements of important parameters. These are compared with theory and ocean data.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Fluid Mechanics