Accession Number : ADA289808

Title :   A Numerical Study of the Effects of Wind Forcing on the Chile Current System.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s) : Hu, Chih-Ping

PDF Url : ADA289808

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : A high-resolution, multi-level, primitive equation ocean model is used to examine the response of the coastal region from 22.50 degree south to 350 degree south of the Chile Current System to both equatorward and climatological wind forcing. The results from both types of forcing show that an equatorward surface current, a poleward undercurrent, upwelling, meanders, filaments and eddies develop in response to the predominant equatorward wind forcing. When climatological wind forcing is used, an offshore branch of the equatorward surface current is also generated. These features are consistent with available observations of the Chile Current System. The model results support the hypothesis that wind forcing is an important mechanism for generating currents, eddies and filaments in the Chile eastern boundary current system and in other eastern boundary current regions which have predominantly equatorward wind forcing. (AN)

Descriptors :   *OCEAN CURRENTS, *OCEAN MODELS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COASTAL REGIONS, OCEAN SURFACE, COMPARISON, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, THESES, EDDIES(FLUID MECHANICS), HIGH RESOLUTION, BOUNDARIES, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, WIND VELOCITY, HYPOTHESES, CLIMATOLOGY, SURFACE TEMPERATURE, UPWELLING, JET STREAMS, CHILE.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE