Accession Number : AD0651580

Title :   THE COLUMBIA EFFLUENT AND ITS DISTRIBUTION AT SEA, 1961-1963.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s) : Duxbury,Alyn C. ; Morse,Betty-Ann ; McGary,Noel

Report Date : JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 120

Abstract : Surveys off the Washington-Oregon coast by the Department of Oceanography, University of Washington, from 1961 through 1963 have provided salinity data for describing the Columbia River effluent in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. The data also have provided insight into the interactions between the observed distributions and the meteorological systems. Each salinity distribution is categorized into one of four distinct seasonal patterns, mainly influenced by river discharge and winds. The salinity distributions delineate the extent of the influence of the Columbia River effluent in the Northeast Pacific Ocean both horizontally with distance and vertically with depth. Also shown and discussed are the mean wind patterns for the area during this time period, their influence on the river out-flow and their role in the transport of the dilute surface waters. A method is described for the prediction of the salinity distribution of the effluent from surface wind data. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, *PACIFIC OCEAN), (*OCEANOGRAPHY, *RIVERS), SALINITY, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, OCEAN BOTTOM SAMPLING, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, DRAINAGE, SEDIMENTATION, WIND, SEA WATER, DEPOSITS, SAMPLING, VELOCITY, MAPS, SURFACE PROPERTIES, MARINE BIOLOGY, WASHINGTON(STATE), OREGON

Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
      Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE