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Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models


Series: Geophysical Monograph Series Volume: 161

By: Wilton Sturges (Editor), Alexis Lugo-Fernandez (Editor)

347 pages, illustrations

American Geophysical Union

Hardback | Jan 2005 | #231794 | ISBN: 0875904262
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In Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico, the current state of knowledge on circulation in the Gulf of Mexico is described through 22 papers at the forefront of research. The view is selective rather than all-inclusive, with primary focus on circulation at the sea surface and at depth, including nearshore flow. In choosing topics, the editors have attempted to avoid the distinction between observations and models, as both are essential to advance our understanding of this exceptional body of water. The editors have also written for specialists and non-specialists alike in both science and industry: for those who work directly on the science associated with the Gulf, and for those whose work depends on the Gulf. And we refer here to physical oceanography, marine geology, sedimentology, coastal and estuarine science, as well as to the petrochemical and fishing industries.


      Wilton Sturges and Alexis Lugo-Fernandez vii
      W. Sturges, A. Lugo-Fernandez, and M. D. Shargel 1
A Synopsis of the Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico and on its Continental Margins
      W. J. Schmitz Jr., D. C. Biggs, A. Lugo-Fernandez, L.-Y. Oey, and W. Sturges 11
Loop Current, Rings and Related Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: A Review of Numerical Models and Future Challenges
      Oey, L.-Y., T. Ezer, and H.-C. Lee 31
Upper-layer Circulation in the Approaches to Yucatan Channel
      A. Badan, J. Candela, J. Sheinbaum, and J. Ochoa 57
Eddy Forced Variations in On- and Off-Margin Summertime Circulation Along the 1000-m Isobath of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2000-2003, and Links with Sperm Whale Distributions Along the Middle Slope
      Douglas C Biggs, Ann E. Jochens, Matthew K. Howard, Steven F. DiMarco, Keith D. Mullin, Robert R. Leben, Frank E. Muller-Karger, and Chuanmin Hu 71
Assessment of Data Assimilative Ocean Models in the Gulf of Mexico Using Ocean Color
      Eric P. Chassignet, Harley E. Hurlburt, Ole Martin Smedstad, Charlie N. Barron, Dong S. Ko, Robert C. Rhodes, Jay F. Shriver, Alan J. Wallcraft, and Robert A. Arnone 87
A Statistical Description of the Velocity Fields from Upper Ocean Drifters in the Gulf of Mexico
      Steven F. DiMarco, Worth D. Nowlin, Jr., and R. O. Reid 101
Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast Sea Level Change
      Bruce C. Douglas 111
Eddies and Jets Over the Slope of the Northeast Gulf of Mexico
      Peter Hamilton and Thomas N. Lee 123
Velocity and Transport Characteristics of the Louisiana-Texas Coastal Current
      Ewa Jarosz and Stephen P. Murray 143
Movies of Surface Drifters in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
      Walter Johnson 157
Barotropic Tides in the Gulf of Mexico
      Lakshmi Kantha 159
A Regional Data-Assimilative Model for Operational Use in the Gulf of Mexico
      Lakshmi Kantha, Jei-Kook Choi, Kenneth J. Schaudt and Cortis K. Cooper 165
Altimeter-Derived Loop Current Metrics
      Robert R. Leben 181
The Seasonal Variability of Continental Shelf Circulation in the Northern and Western Gulf of Mexico From a High-Resolution Numerical Model
      Steven L. Morey, Jorge Zavala-Hidalgo, and James J. O'Brien 203
Low-Frequency Circulation Over the Texas-Louisiana Continental Shelf
      Worth D. Nowlin, Jr., Ann E. Jochens, Steven F. DiMarco, Robert O. Reid, and Matthew K. Howard 219
Cyclones and Westward Propagation in the Shedding of Anticyclonic Rings From the Loop Current
      William J. Schmitz Jr. 241
Deep-Water Exchange Between the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico
      Wilton Sturges 263
Bay of Campeche Circulation: an Update
      A. M. Vazquez de la Cerda, R. O. Reid, S. F. DiMarco, and A. E. Jochens 279
Wind and Eddy-related Shelf/Slope Circulation Processes and Coastal Upwelling in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
      Nan D. Walker 295
Intermediate-Depth Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico Estimated From Direct Measurements
      Georges I. Weatherly, Nicolas Wienders, and Anastasia Romanou 315
West Florida Shelf Circulation on Synoptic, Seasonal, and Interannual Time Scales
      Robert H. Weisberg, Ruoying He, Yonggang Liu, and Jyotika I. Virmani 325

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