An evaluation of a numerical water elevation and tidal current prediction model applied to Monterey Bay.
Lazanoff, Sheldon Mark
Thornton, Edward B.
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The Hansen Hydrodynamical - Numerical model was evaluated for Monterey Bay with actual field data. Tides and winds are the principal driving forces of the Hansen model. Analysis of the field data indicated that the principal driving force of the circulation in the bay was the oceanic currents and not the tides and winds. The tidal heights and phases and current directions were calculated correctly by the model, but the calculated current speeds were an order of magnitude too large. The inaccuracy of the current speeds was attributed to the inaccurate calculations of the currents along the open boundary and the large bathymetric gradients of the Monterey Submarine Canyon.
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