Accession Number : ADA327670

Title :   Dynamic Response of a Semi-Enclosed Sea to Atmospheric and Tidal Forcing.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jan 95-31 Dec 96,

Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA

Personal Author(s) : Candela, Julio

PDF Url : ADA327670

Report Date : 23 JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The internal dynamics of a semi-enclosed sea is influenced by its thermohaline structure, atmospheric forcings, interactions with lateral boundaries, bottom topography and remote interactions transmitted through interconnecting straits. The construction of simple and accurate representations of the dynamical response of a semi-enclosed sea facilitates dynamical interpretation and it is conducive to robust data assimilation models for nowcast and forecast. Our specific objectives are: (1) To develop and exploit practical and efficient barotropic/baroclinic spectral primitive equation models with data assimilation capabilities for (2) accurate simulations of the dynamical response of semi-enclosed seas to observed atmospheric and tidal forcings. (3) To conduct studies of dynamical processes and exercise assimilation schemes in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Gulf of Mexico-Caribbean Sea Basin.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN BASINS, OCEAN CURRENTS, DYNAMIC RESPONSE, MEDITERRANEAN SEA, SALINITY, OCEAN MODELS, OCEAN BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY, MEXICO GULF, STRAITS, CARIBBEAN SEA.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE