The structure of the transition zone between coastal waters and the open ocean off northern California, winter and spring 1987 Public Deposited

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  • Physical and biological fields in the coastal transition zone off northern California were measured during February, March, May and June 1987 in an extended alongshore region between 60 km and 150 km offshore. The spring transition, as seen in coastal sea level and winds, occurred in mid-March. Surface variability during the two spring cruises was stronger and of larger scale than that seen during the two winter cruises. An equatorward-tending current, flowing along the boundary between low steric sea level inshore and high steric sea level offshore, dominated both the directly-measured (acoustic Doppler current profiler) and geostrophic current fields during spring. Current jets of comparable strength directed both offshore and onshore were seen off Cape Mendocino and Point Arena; these evolved significantly in the 3 weeks between cruises. Inshore of the current, properties associated with upwelled water were found near the surface, including low temperature and high salinity, nutrients and chlorophyll; offshore of the current, waters were warmer, less saline, lower in nutrients and more oligotrophic. Geostrophic and directly measured volume transports in the current were about 2–3 Sv. Isopycnals inshore of the spring upwelling front were displaced vertically by O(40–80 m) from their depths during the winter survey; these displacements extended deep into the water column and were largely independent of depth between 100 and 400 m. Surface mixed layers tended to be deep in winter and shallower inshore of the upwelling front in spring. A connection between the equatorward-tending frontal jet off northern California and the more well-studied California Current further south is suggested by the similarity of their transports and of their dynamic height values.
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  • Kosro, P.Michael, Adriana Huyer, S.R. Ramp, Robert L. Smith, F.P. Chavez, Timothy J. Cowles, Mark R. Abbott, P.Ted Strub, R.T. Barber, P. Jessen, and Lawrence F. Small, 1991, The structure of the transition zone between coastal waters and the open ocean off northern California, winter and spring 1987, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 14,707–14,730.
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