Allen, J. S. Oregon State University, jallen@oce.orst.edu
Barth, J. S. Oregon State University, barth@oce.orst.edu
Kosro, P. Michael. Oregon State University, kosro@oce.orst.edu

 
THE PREDICTION OF WIND-DRIVEN COASTAL CIRCULATION
 
A partnership is underway to develop forecast systems for wind-driven coastal ocean flow fields. The project involves modelers, data assimilators and observationalists from OSU, fisheries scientists from NOAA NMFS Newport Oregon, radar specialists from NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory Boulder Colorado, and industrial partners using satellite (Ocean Imaging) and radar (CODAR Ocean Sensors) remote sensing techniques. The major focus is on wind-driven mesoscale (2-50 km horizontal space scales, 2-10 day time scales) coastal oceanographic processes (e.g., alongshore coastal jets, upwelling and downwelling fronts, eddies) as influenced by temporal and spatial variability of the atmospheric forcing, by spatial variability of the continental margin, and by internal mixing. A high-resolution coastal ocean circulation model will be coupled to the atmosphere by a high-resolution coastal atmospheric model. The observational program involves measurements from the OSU Coastal Radar System, satellite remote sensing, and, during an intensive observational period, from moored current meters and ship-based hydrographic, velocity and turbulence surveys. Although the intensive study period for this project is scheduled for mid-1999, results from a high-resolution, three-dimensional Oregon coastal ocean circulation model will be presented and compared with observations from land-based coastal radar, remote sensed surface temperature and other available in situ data.
 
Day: Friday, Feb. 5
Time: 02:15 - 02:30pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS12FR0215E