Accession Number : AD0763930

Title :   The Non-Linear Transient Response to a Continuously Stratified Baroclinic Ocean to Stationary and Transitory Axially-Symmetric Atmospheric Cyclones.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. no. 5, 20 Sep 71-19 Sep 72,

Corporate Author : TEXAS A AND M RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLLEGE STATION

Personal Author(s) : Gilbert,Kent D.

Report Date : MAR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 249

Abstract : ESPONSE, TRANSIENTSConsidered in the present study is the temporal and spatial theoretical description of circulation and mixing of sea water induced in an initially motionless, continuously stratified, uniformly rotating, baroclinic ocean by steady as well as transitory, axisymmetric, cyclonic atmospheric vortices. Solutions are obtained for the ocean's response to two basically different circular wind fields, namely: (1) a stationary wind field which is applied suddenly and sustained for a designated time interval to permit suddenly initiated oceanic spin-up circulation and mixing, and is subsequently removed abruptly to allow a suddenly initiated oceanic spin-down process; (2) a transitory wind field which is applied gradually (in sinusoidal fashion), to permit a gradual oceanic spin-up and subsequent gradual oceanic spin-down. Generated ocean circulation and mixing is investigated in detail, as well as the energetics for the responses to both wind regimes. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, WIND), TROPICAL CYCLONES, HEAT TRANSFER, MOMENTUM, CORIOLIS EFFECT, HYDRODYNAMICS, TRANSIENTS, THESES

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE