A Drift Card Study in Monterey Bay, California, September 1971 to April 1973: Annual Report, Part 4, 1973

Blaskivich, David D. (1973) A Drift Card Study in Monterey Bay, California, September 1971 to April 1973: Annual Report, Part 4, 1973. Moss Landing, CA, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Technical Publication, 73-4)

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Abstract

Drift cards were released in Monterey Bay, California, to detect seasonal variations in the California Current system, and seasonal and diurnal wind variations in the immediate vicinity of the bay. About 23% of the cards were recovered, although the recovery rate varied from about 5% in the winter to about 60% in the late summer. Drift card speeds ranged from 1 to 8 km/day, in the winter and summer months respectively. Good agreement was observed between geostrophic current, wind, drogue, and drift card data, although drift cards were observed to be primarily wind driven. A weekend bias in drift card recoveries was observed for the entire period of study; however, it was less pronounced for those cards released during the summer months. Two bogus releases were used to estimate the discovery lag time, reported position accuracy, and longshore drift currents. Diurnal winds were observed during a 24-hour study, and indicated daily variations in the wind field may be as important as seasonal changes in moving surface water. The drift card speed was observed to be about 3% of the wind velocity, and 1 m/sec was estimated as the minimum effective wind. The wind factor, ranging from 2.2% to 4.0%, was used to estimate the actual paths of drift cards and to examine the role of diurnal winds in affecting surface water movement. (PDF contains 79 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: A Drift Card Study in Monterey Bay, California, September 1971 to April 1973: Annual Report, Part 4, 1973
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Blaskivich, David D.
Series Name: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Technical Publication
Number: 73-4
Date: 1973
Publisher: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Place of Publication: Moss Landing, CA
Latitude: 36.8
Longitude: -121.901
Funders: Office of Sea Grant Programs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Issuing Agency: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Uncontrolled Keywords: California Current; Monterey Bay;
Subjects: Oceanography
Item ID: 1304
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2008 10:45
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 20:50
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/1304

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