Interactions between surface winds and meanders in mid-latitude sea surface temperature
(SST) fronts with horizontal length scales of 100-1000 km are investigated
from satellite observations and numerical simulations. Observations from the Sea-
Winds scatterometer on the QuikSCAT satellite show that the magnitude, direction,
curl, and divergence of the surface wind...
A linearized model with two vertical modes has been developed to understand observed characteristics of monthly variability in the Equatorial Pacific from TOPEX/POSEIDON measurements of Sea Surface Height (SSH). The 2-mode model is obtained from an equatorial beta plane model that has been linearized about a geostrophically balanced mean flow...
Six years of Nimbus-7 Scanning Multichannel Microwave
Radiometer (SMMR) data from 1979 to 1984 are recalibrated
at the radiometric level. New statistical techniques are
developed to quantify the temporal and orbital data errors
and to generate numerical corrections for brightness temperatures
prior to estimation of geophysical parameters.
The foundations of...
Motivated by observations of locally enhanced sea level variability near steep
topographic slopes in regions of strong time-mean flows, effects of zonal ridge topography
on zonal oceanic jet flow are investigated. Unstable wave properties and the
dynamics of eddy-mean flow interaction are evaluated as a function of topographic
In an effort to elucidate the mechanism responsible for large-scale
zooplankton variability in the California Current, zooplankton biomass and
hydrographic data from the California Cooperative Fisheries Investigation
data set and wind data from Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center model
analyses have been used to construct a box model biomass budget. The...
From 1996 through 1998 I collected mature female black rockfish off Oregon and examined ovaries and otoliths to estimate weekly, age-specific larval production. In all reproductive seasons, older black rockfish extruded larvae earlier in the season, followed by progressively younger fish. Each year, beginning in May, I collected young-of-the-year (YOY)...
The wind speed and significant wave height (H1/3) dependencies of the sea state is in altimeter estimates of sea level, expressed in the form ∆hSSB=bH1/3, are examined from least squares analysis of 21 cycles of collinear TOPEX data. The bias coefficient b is found to increase in magnitude with increasing...