Coastal ocean dynamics

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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The main objective of the Coastal Ocean Dynamics Experiment (CODE) is to observe and describe the response of continental shelf waters to strong atmospheric forcing in a relatively simple geomorphological setting. In order to achieve this goal, CODE has been designed (1) to define the different space and time scales of the physical parameters important to the shelf flow field and (2) to identify and describe the essential kinematical and dynamical processes governing wind‐driven circulation on the continental shelf.

A variety of models exist for the wind‐forced response of continental shelf waters. The salient differences among these models lies in the assumed balances between terms in the governing equations. For example, Gill and Schumann [1974] in a barotropic model assume a geostrophic cross‐shelf momentum balance but include the time‐dependent and surface and bottom stress terms in the along‐shelf momentum balance. Csanady [1978] in his arrested topographic wave model involving bottom friction assumes a quasisteady alongshelf response neglecting advective terms and retaining the geostrophic cross‐shelf balance. Various shelf wave models assume inviscid dynamics and other models assume a simple balance between surface and bottom stress in shallow water. To test the different assumptions behind these models, all terms in the governing equations need to be accurately estimated.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Coastal ocean dynamics
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/EO064i036p00538
Volume 64
Issue 36
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 538
Last page 540
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial CODE 1
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