Coastal Ocean Processes Experiment (COPE) 1995
Stanton, Timothy P.
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A three week observation of the upper ocean near the shelf break off northern Oregon was made from FLIP in October 1995, during the Coastal Ocean Processes Experiment (COPE) run by NOAA's Environmental Technology Laboratory. Over 18000 profiles of temperature, salinity, and thermal and kinetic energy dissipation rates were measured by an automated Loose-tethered Microstructure Profiler every 80 seconds, allowing the upper ocean stratification and turbulence levels to be observed. Five in situ measurements of (u,v,w,T,C) were made across a 5m aperture spanning the shallow, strongly stratified pycnocline, while a high speed five beam Broadband Acoustic Doppler profiler extended the current profiles to 50m depth.
The Ocean Turbulence Laboratory in the Oceanography Department at the Naval Postgraduate School has an active research program addressing a range of ocean turbulent boundary layer problems. The group has developed observational systems for studying sub-ice boundary layers in polar regions, coastal internal waves, solitons and turbulence over the continental shelf, and the wave forced boundary bottom boundary layer over the inner shelf and surf zone.