Accession Number : ADA327232

Title :   Air-Sea Interaction (Ocean Storms).

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS COLL OF OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Paulson, Clayton A.

PDF Url : ADA327232

Report Date : 05 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : The main objective of this project was to analyze the observations we obtained during the Ocean Storms experiment. As part of the Ocean Storms experiment, a mooring was deployed for ten months near the center of the Ocean Storms array (47N, 137W) in the Northeast Pacific. The subsurface mooring had 14 current meters and seven temperature/conductivity sensors distributed between 60 and 4000 m depth. The observations showed: (1) energetic storm-generated inertial oscillations in the surface mixed layer; (2) propagation, on weekly time scales, of near inertial internal waves to depths of several hundred meters; (3) horizontal wavelengths of near inertial waves ranging up to hundreds of km; and 4) currents at 3000-m depth coherent with geostrophic currents determined from a bottom pressure array and also coherent with the wind stress curl in period bands of 3-4 days and 15-60 days. Much of the analysis was carried out by a Ph.D. student, Hongbo Qi, as part of his Ph.D. dissertation. We also collaborated with other Ocean Storms investigators.

Descriptors :   *STORMS, *AIR WATER INTERACTIONS, ARRAYS, THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY, SEA WATER, GEOSTROPHIC CURRENTS, TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE ELEMENTS, NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN, WIND STRESS, INTERNAL WAVES, MOORING.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE