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Model Simulations of the Bay of Fundy Gyre: 2. Hindcasts for 2005-2007 Reveal Interannual Variability in Retentiveness

AutorAretxabaleta, Alfredo L. ; McGillicuddy Jr., Dennis J.; Smith, Keston W.; Manning, James P.; Lynch, Daniel R.
Fecha de publicación3-sep-2009
EditorAmerican Geophysical Union
CitaciónJournal of geophysical research: Oceans 114(C9): C09005 (2009)
ResumenA persistent gyre at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy results from a combination of tidal rectification and buoyancy forcing. Here we assess recent interannual variability in the strength of the gyre using data assimilative model simulations. Realistic hindcast representations of the gyre are considered during cruises in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Assimilation of shipboard and moored acoustic Doppler current profiler velocities is used to improve the skill of the simulations, as quantified by comparison with nonassimilated drifter trajectories. Our hindcasts suggest a weakening of the gyre system during May 2005. Retention of simulated passive particles in the gyre during that period was highly reduced. A recovery of the dense water pool in the deep part of the basin by June 2006 resulted in a return to particle retention characteristics similar to climatology. Retention estimates reached a maximum during May 2007 (subsurface) and June–July 2007 (near surface). Interannual variability in the strength of the gyre was primarily modulated by the stratification of the dense water pool inside the Grand Manan Basin. These changes in stratification were associated with mixing conditions the preceding fall–winter and/or advectively driven modification of water mass properties.
Descripción15 pages, 10 figures, 6 tables, supporting information http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2008JC004948/suppinfo
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008JC004948
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/17054
DOIdoi:10.1029/2008JC004948
E-ISSN2169-9291
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