Long wave study of Monterey Bay
Lynch, Thomas John
Thornton, Edward B.
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Monterey Bay, on the west coast of the United States, is unique in that it is a large, symmetric, semi-elliptical bay divided north and south by the deep Monterey Canyon. The effect of the canyon on seiching within the bay and on long wave oscillations within the bay was studied by analyzing synchronized wave records at each end of the bay. Power spectra and cross spectra calculated for five periods selected from six months continuous data indicate the Monterey Canyon has a profound effect on the bay's oscillating characteristics. The canyon appears to act as an impedence barrier dividing the bay into two independent oscillating basins each having recurring long-period waves which persist during significant long-wave activity.
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