Sixth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes


On the Optimal Wind Direction in Changing the Coastal Sea Level Along the West Florida Shelf

Yonggang Liu, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL; and R. H. Weisberg

Analyses of the multi-year wind and sea level records on the West Florida Shelf show that although the along-shelf wind is important in changing the coastal sea level, the across-shelf wind is not negligible. For the winds observed over the mid shelf, the direction having the highest coherence with the coastal sea level is in the along-shelf, but that inducing the largest coastal sea level response is in a direction between the purely along- and purely across-shelf directions. Near the coast, the across-shelf wind component is more important. The directions of the coastal winds having the highest correlation and the largest coastal sea level response are the same, i.e., in a direction 30~40 clockwise from the along-shelf direction.

Poster Session 2, Poster Session P2: Formal Viewing
Wednesday, 12 January 2005, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

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