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  • The low-frequency [ω<0.5 cycle per day (cpd)] current fluctuations at four depths in 100 m of waterhave been investigated for two stations on the continental shelf off the coast of Oregon. One station, DB-7,was maintained during the summer of 1972 as part of the Coastal Upwelling Experiment-1 (CUE-I), and theother station, Carnation, was maintained during the summer of 1973 as part of CUE-II. A decomposition ofthe north-south (almost alongshore) v and the east-west (onshore-offshore) u components of the current hasbeen performed in terms of two types of modal structures in the vertical direction: (i) dynamic modes determined by the separable solutions of the appropriate equations of motion, and (ii) empirical orthogonal modeswhich are the eigenvectors of the correlation matrix and depend only on the statistics of the data. For thealongshore currents, the standard deviation of the dynamic barotropic mode is found to be twice as large asthat of the first baroclinic mode. The barotropic part is found to be correlated with the north-south component of the wind stress τw and the sea level, whereas the first mode baroclinic part is found to be correlatedwith the temperature fluctuations. The first empirical eigenmode accounts for about 91% of the energy andis fairly depth-independent, whereas the second empirical eigenmode accounts for about 7% of the energyand resembles the first dynamic baroclinic mode. Spectral analysis shows high mutal coherence between thebarotropic modes for the u and v components and the wind stress nr at the frequencies 0.06 cpd in 1973 and0.14 cpd in 1972. Results from a theoretical model show that the observed values of the phase relations atthese frequencies are consistent with a resonant condition between the wind stress and forced, long, barotropic continental shelf waves.
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  • Kundu, Pijush K., J. S. Allen, Robert L. Smith, 1975: Modal Decomposition of the Velocity Field near the Oregon Coast. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 5, 683–704.
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  • This research was supported by the Coastal Upwelling Ecosystems Analysis program (CUEA), of the International Decade of Ocean Exploration office (IDOE) of the National Science Foundation under Grants GX-28746 and GX-33502 and also (for J. S. A.) partially by the Oceanography Section, National Science Foundation, under Grant GA-40724.
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