Accession Number : AD0722561

Title :   Feasibility Study on the Utilization of Parachute Drogues and Shore-Based Radar to Investigate Surface Circulation in Monterey Bay.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Stoddard,Howard Sanford

Report Date : MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 115

Abstract : An intensive study is presently being made of the current patterns in Monterey Bay. Up to this time, no means has been available to examine the flow over the entire Bay. The feasibility of utilizing radar systems installed at the Naval Postgraduate School to track free-floating parachute drogues was investigated. Radar transponders extended the tracking range of the radars to include the north end of the Bay, and eliminated shadow zones which had been present when tracking passive reflectors. An analysis of the drogue tracks indicated the importance of the oceanic currents as primary current driving mechanisms. Tides strongly influenced flow in the Bay's interior. Winds generally were a relatively unimportant driving mechanism, except when winds prevailed from one direction over an extended period of time. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN CURRENTS, BAYS), (*TOWED BODIES, RADAR TRACKING), TIDES, FLUID FLOW, WIND, REFLECTION, TRANSPONDERS, RADAR EQUIPMENT, SURFACE PROPERTIES, CALIFORNIA, THESES

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE