Accession Number : ADA323657

Title :   Nonlinear Secondary Oceanic Flows: Their Role in Transport of Mass, Momentum and Energy (CORE).

Descriptive Note : Final rept. for period ending 30 Sep 94,

Corporate Author : OLD DOMINION UNIV NORFOLK VA

Personal Author(s) : Kirwan, A. D., Jr

PDF Url : ADA323657

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The long range goal of this project was to quantify the dynamical mechanisms by which mass, momentum and energy are exchanged between the coastal and open ocean. Emphasis was placed on nonlinear mechanisms operating on sub-grid scales, dynamically consistent and quantitative methods for interpreting quasi-Lagrangian data and non linear/nonquasigeostrophic flow processes. It is hoped that this research contributes to improved parameterizations of sub-grid processes and to efficient utilization of quasi-Lagrangian data in predictive models. Two specific questions were addressed: Scientific Question 1: What is the role of secondary circulation on the exchange between the coastal and open ocean? Scientific Question 2: How can ocean eddies produce superinertial fluctuations in the hydrodynamic fields?

Descriptors :   *OCEAN CURRENTS, WATER FLOW, EDDIES(FLUID MECHANICS), ENERGY TRANSFER, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, FLOW FIELDS, NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, MASS TRANSFER, OCEAN MODELS, HYDRODYNAMICS, FRONTS(OCEANOGRAPHY), LAGRANGIAN FUNCTIONS, MOMENTUM TRANSFER, SECONDARY FLOW.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE