Accession Number : ADA195987

Title :   Coastal Oceanography in the Beaufort Sea, Summer 1985.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for period ending 1985,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Becker, P ; Garrison, G R ; Perry, R K

PDF Url : ADA195987

Report Date : Jul 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 314

Abstract : An oceanographic cruise along the north coast of Alaska and Canada in August and September 1985 reveals evidence of how the Alaskan Coastal Current from the southwest and the MacKenzie River outflow in the eastern portion influence oceanographic conditions in the Beaufort Sea. The coastal current crowds the shore and at depth displaces some of the cold, saline bottom water that drains from the Chukchi Sea through the Barrow Canyon in the spring. The eastward extent of the coastal current is about 148 W longitude, and the westward progression of the MacKenzie River water about 141 W longitude. The ice and weather conditions during the survey appeared to influence water exchange. (fr)

Descriptors :   *BEAUFORT SEA, *OCEAN CURRENTS, ALASKA, BOTTOM, CANADA, CHUKCHI SEA, COASTAL REGIONS, EXCHANGE, ICE, LOW TEMPERATURE, NORTH(DIRECTION), OCEANOGRAPHY, RIVERS, SALT WATER, WATER, WEATHER

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE