Accession Number : AD0757742

Title :   Observations and First Results from Project SYNOPS 71.

Descriptive Note : Scientific rept.,

Corporate Author : ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE MIAMI FLA

Personal Author(s) : Duing,Walter

Report Date : FEB 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 147

Abstract : The scientific objectives, the design criteria, and field operations of Project SYNOPS 71 are described. The results show that dominant fluctuations range on time scales from semidiurnal tides up to several days. The previously observed temporary occurrence of deep southward flow is interpreted as a manifestation of a barotropic wave of a 4-to-5-day period and an amplitude of about 15 cm/sec superimposed on the mean baroclinic profile of the Florida Current. Topographic effects seem to be responsible for the baroclinic structure of this wave over the Miami Terrace. Additional consequences of the several-day wave are horizontal east-west shifts of the current, fluctuations of mass transport, and horizontal advective shifts of the thermal front, leading to local temperature anomalies of plus or minus 2C at the depth of the largest horizontal temperature gradient. (Author Modified Abstract)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN CURRENTS, ATLANTIC OCEAN), (*TIDES, DIURNAL VARIATIONS), TEMPERATURE, GRAPHICS, CURVE FITTING, STATISTICAL DISTRIBUTIONS, DATA PROCESSING, FLORIDA

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE