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Mooring observations from the Oregon continental shelf : April-September 1999 : a component of the prediction of wind-driven coastal circulation project

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  • This report documents oceanographic and meteorological measurements made from instruments deployed on four moorings over the continental shelf west of Oregon, from spring through summer, 1999. These moorings were a component of an observational and numerical modeling program to study the response of the coastal ocean to wind forcing. The Dynamics and Prediction of Wind-Driven Coastal Circulation was funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) with the principal goal to develop nowcast and forecast systems for wind-driven coastal flow fields. The observational program was designed to provide measurements that would allow testing and improvement of the modeling capability. See, http://diana.OCE.ORST.EDU/cmoweb/nopp/, and Austin et al. (2000) for description of the modeling program and a description of other aspects of the observational program. This report is divided into two sections. The first section contains descriptions of the instrumentation deployed on the NOPP moorings including locations, sampling rates, and calibrations. The second section contains plots of the observations. Several views of the time series recorded by the moorings are presented. Time series of vertically separated velocity, temperature, and salinity are shown for each mooring. Velocity and temperature observations from the same depth on horizontally separated moorings are also shown. These data are presented as both 40-hour low-pass filtered and 1-hour low-pass filtered time series. Time is given as day of year 1999 in all of the time series plots; conversion to calendar date is provided in Table 5.
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