Accession Number : ADA135077

Title :   A Model for Tidal Circulation Adapted to Monterey Bay, California.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Schomaker,C W

PDF Url : ADA135077

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 100

Abstract : An implicit numerical model for two-dimensional hydrodynamic flow in coastal seas by Leendertse (1967), as modified by Hart (1976), was applied to Monterey Bay. The model was tested against available water-level and current observations. The responses of Monterey Bay to tidal forcing and steady-state winds were simulated. Under tidal forcing it was found to provide reasonable estimates of sa-surface elevations. Currents were not well predicted, indicating that other mechanisms such as wind, density stratification, and oceanic currents generally dominate the forcing of the circulation in Monterey Bay. The model in its present form was found to be potentially suitable for providing real-time tide correctors during a hydrographic survey, achieving an RMS error of 4.5 cm in predicting sea-surface elevations. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Ocean currents, North Pacific Ocean, California, Bays, Circulation, Water flow, Two dimensional, Ocean tides, Sea level, Mathematical prediction, Mathematical models

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE