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Lagrangian flow in the California Undercurrent, an observation and model comparison

dc.contributor.authorGarfield, Newell
dc.contributor.authorMaltrud, Mathew E.
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Curtis A,
dc.contributor.authorRago, Thomas A.
dc.contributor.authorPaquette, Robert G.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School
dc.contributor.departmentOceanography
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-29T23:05:48Z
dc.date.available2014-01-29T23:05:48Z
dc.date.issued2001
dc.description.abstractDuring the period 1992-1998, 38 isobaric RAFOS floats wre deployed to sample the subsurface flow of the California Undercurrent. The deployments, released over the California contintenal slope west of San Francisco, have sampled robust year-round poleward subsurface associated with the Undercurrent most seasons and the combined inshore current and Undercurrent in winter. Two other types of flow have been seen: a region of weak flow with little net displacement just west of the California Undercurrent, and an active westward propagating eddy field. This eddy field appears to be the primary mechanism for moving floats ffrom the Undercurrent into the ocean interior. The observations and statistics from the RAFOS floats are compared with Lagrangian estimates of particles tracked in a global high resolution ocean simulation in order to evaluate the fidelity of the model along an eastern boundary. The results show that the model reproduces the general character of the flow reasonably well, but underestimates both the mean and eddy energies by a substantial amount.en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Marine Systems, 29, (2001, pp. 201-220
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/38500
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorLagrangian flowen_US
dc.subject.authorCalifornia Undercurrenten_US
dc.subject.authoreddy fielden_US
dc.titleLagrangian flow in the California Undercurrent, an observation and model comparisonen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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