The Structure, Evolution, and Dynamics of Coastally Trapped Phenomena of Western North America
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
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LONG-TERM GOALS. The overall goal of the proposed project is to determine the structure, evolution, and dynamics of topographically trapped phenomena of the coastal zone of western North America, both for the warm and cold seasons. Such coastal circulations dominate the weather of the region, as well as many other coastal zones around the world. Because of improvements in mesoscale numerical models, significant improvements in operational observations, and the availability of data from recent coastal field experiments, there is substantial potential for rapid enhancement in our knowledge of coastal disturbances. This project makes use of high-resolution numerical modeling and aircraft observations to define the detailed coastal evolution for a number of coastally trapped features and evaluates the potential of numerical modeling as a research and forecasting tool for orographic coastal regions.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography