Accession Number : AD0769407

Title :   An Analytic Model of Observed Small Scale Baroclinic Currents in the Arctic Ocean.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Itkin,Richard Ivan

Report Date : SEP 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : An analytic model is developed of baroclinic currents measured by several investigators under the Arctic Ocean ice cover. A time-dependent, Boussinesq, quasi-geostrophic vorticity equation is developed to describe the flow. Separable normal mode solutions are found which show stationary current patterns qualitatively consistent with observed data. An initial value problem is then formulated using density perturbations at a newly forming lead as a forcing function. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*Ocean currents, *Arctic Ocean), Mathematical models, Convection, Stratification, Pressure, Density, Sea ice, Salinity, Boundary value problems, Theses

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE