Accession Number : ADA189868

Title :   Hydrographic Data from the OPTOMA (Ocean Prediction Through Observation, Modeling and Analysis) Program: OPTOMA23, 9-19 November 1986.

Descriptive Note : Progress rept. Nov 86-Sep 87,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, J E ; Wittmann, Paul A ; Mooers, Christopher N

PDF Url : ADA189868

Report Date : 08 Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : The OPTOMA (Ocean Prediction Through Observation, Modeling and Analysis) Program, seeks to understand the mesoscale (fronts, eddies, and jets) variability and dynamics of the California Current System (CCS) and to determine the scientific limits to practical mesoscale ocean forecasting. OPTOMA 23 is the last of the OPTOMA surveys and it is unique in that this was the first effort to integrate concurrent satellite, drifting buoy, ship, and aircraft data in a comprehensive oceanographic, meteorological, and acoustical study of the CCS. Specific goals of the airborne surveys were to: provide synoptic data for objective analysis of various parameters (e.g., SST from AXBT and PRT-5, mixed layer depth, thermal structure); provide initialization, boundary condition updating, and verification fields for dynamical model forecasts; and coordinate the observational strategy of the R/V POINT SUR by using near real time analyses to vector the ship into areas of interesting mesoscale activity.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN MODELS, *OCEAN CURRENTS, *OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, HYDROGRAPHY, OCEANS, PREDICTIONS, ACOUSTIC DATA, AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, BOUNDARIES, BUOYS, CALIFORNIA, DEPTH, DRIFT, FLUID DYNAMICS, FORECASTING, HYDROGRAPHY, MIXED LAYER(MARINE), OCEANS, PREDICTIONS, REAL TIME, THERMAL PROPERTIES, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, DATA ACQUISITION, SPACEBORNE, AIRBORNE, SHIPBOARD, FRONTS(OCEANOGRAPHY), EDDIES(FLUID MECHANICS), JET FLOW, SALINITY, TEMPERATURE, SEA WATER

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE