Numerical simulation of currents in Monterey Bay.
Garcia, Roland Albert.
Thornton, Edward B.
Galt, Jerry A.
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Recent interest in pollution control and the proximity of Monterey Bay to the Naval Postgraduate School prompted an investigation of the circulation in the bay. The first phase of the study consists of solving the simple cavity flow problem. A vorticity-stream function relationship is solved using an explicit, time dependent, finite difference scheme. Solutions for selected Reynolds' numbers and length to width rations of the cavity are obtained. Values are chosen to give an indication of the flow patterns occurring over a wide range of these parameters. Equations for a refined model are derived to include the effects of the bottom topography, frictional forces and the Coriolis force. A numerical procedure similar to the one applied to the simple cavity flow problem is used on the refined equations. The topography of Monterey Bay is used in this study. Results indicate that closed circulation patterns are more probable in Monterey Bay than in other embayments due to the presence of the submarine canyon.
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