Accession Number : ADP002656

Title :   Evidence for the Direct Atmospheric Forcing of Mid-Ocean Eddies,

Corporate Author : HAWAII INST OF GEOPHYSICS HONOLULU

Personal Author(s) : Muller,P.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Evidence for the direct atmospheric forcing of oceanic synoptic-scale motions is reviewed. The evidence comes from new insights into the structure of the atmospheric forcing fields, observations of the Ekman pumping velocity, model calculations, coherence observations, and seasonal modulation. The tentative conclusion is that a substantial part of the mid-ocean eddy field is directly forced by fluctuations in the atmospheric windstress. The oceanic synoptic-scale variability might hence be viewed as consisting of a random, low-level, homogeneous background field that is atmospherically forced, and on which are superimposed well-identifiable, energetic eddies, rings, and meanders that are caused by current instabilities.

Descriptors :   *Ocean currents, Eddies(Fluid mechanics), Wind, Stresses, Barometric pressure, Statistical analysis, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE