Accession Number : AD0721386

Title :   Current Measurements in the Central North Pacific Ocean,

Corporate Author : HAWAII INST OF GEOPHYSICS HONOLULU

Personal Author(s) : Patzert,William C. ; Wyrtki,Klaus ; Santamore,Howard J.

Report Date : NOV 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : The report presents the results of eight simulataneous current measurements made with moored current meters anchored in the Leeward Island of the Hawaiian chain. Also included are the data from current meter that was anchored on Penguin Bank (southwest of Molokai Island) during approximately the same period. Data from the nine current meter stations are given as progressive vector diagrams, frequency distributions of direction and speed, and computed tidal ellipses. The mooring techniques, data reduction, and computation of the tidal ellipses are described. The results show that the mean flwo through the Leeward Islands is 4.6 cm/sec to the north. This northerly drift is probably indicative of an anticyclonic gyre centered northeast of the Hawaiian chain. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN CURRENTS, *PACIFIC OCEAN), FLOWMETERS, ANCHORS(MARINE), TIDES, VELOCITY, WIND, MOORING, FLUID FLOW, DEEP WATER, DATA PROCESSING, DRIFT, HAWAII

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE