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A quasigeostrophic analysis of a meander in the Palamo´s Canyon: vertical velocity, geopotential tendency, and a relocation technique

AuthorsPascual, Ananda ; Gomis, Damià ; Haney, Robert L.; Ruiz, Simón
Issue Date24-Mar-2004
PublisherAmerican Meteorological Society
CitationJournal of Physical Oceanography 34: 2274-2287 (2004)
AbstractThe quasigeostrophic geopotential tendency and omega equations are integrated to examine the dynamics of an upper-ocean coastal meander sampled during an intensive survey in the Palamo´s Canyon (northwestern Mediterranean Sea). Results for dynamic height tendency reveal that the meander is not growing or decaying but is propagating downstream at a velocity of about 4 km day21. This propagation speed implies a problem of synopticity in the field observations, which is solved through a data relocation scheme. The station relocation has important consequences on the magnitude of crucial dynamical variables such as the vertical velocity: maximum values of 20 m day21 before the relocation reduce to 10 m day21 after the relocation. The impact of bottom boundary conditions in the solution of the omega equation is also analyzed. Results indicate that for the stratification encountered during the survey, effects of topographic forcing are negligible above approximately 300 m.
Publisher version (URL)http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0485%282004%29034%3C2274%3AAQAOAM%3E2.0.CO%3B2
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