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dc.contributor.advisorBatteen, Mary L.
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Richard A., Jr.
dc.dateSeptember 2002
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:43:51Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:43:51Z
dc.date.issued2002-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/4998
dc.descriptionApproved for public release, distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractTo investigate the role of wind forcing, bottom topography and thermohaline gradients in the Leeuwin Current System (LCS), several experiments are conducted with a sigma coordinate primitive equation model on a beta-plane. Results show that the LCS is an anomalous eastern boundary current (EBC) that generates a coastal poleward current, an equatorward undercurrent, and highly energetic mesoscale features such as meanders and eddies. Thermohaline gradient effects were shown to be the primary mechanism in the generation of a poleward (equatorward) current (undercurrent), eddies and meanders in the LCS. Inshore of the poleward surface flow, next to the coast, wind forcing plays an important role in generating an equatorward coastal current and upwelling. Bottom topography is shown to be an important mechanism for intensifying and trapping currents near the coast, weakening subsurface currents and intensifying eddies off capes. Overall, the results of the study compare well with available observations in the LCS.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/anumericalstudyo109454998
dc.format.extentxviii, 97 p. : col. ill.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.subject.lcshOcean currentsen_US
dc.subject.lcshWindsen_US
dc.titleA numerical study of the forcing mechanisms of the Leeuwin current systemen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderCollins, Curtis A.
dc.contributor.departmentOceanography
dc.subject.authorPrimitive equation modelen_US
dc.subject.authorLeeuwin current systemen_US
dc.subject.authorCurrentsen_US
dc.subject.authorSigma-levelen_US
dc.subject.authorPrinceton Ocean Model (POM)en_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanographyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMeteorology and Physical Oceanographyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.verifiednoen_US


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