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Variations in surface particle transport in Monterey Bay during summer


B. L. Lipphardt, Jr.
A. D. Kirwan, Jr.
J. D. Paduan
C. E. Grosch


Archives of hourly summer surface currents measured by HF radar in Monterey Bay during the period 1999 through 2005 are used to simulate surface particle trajectories in the bay. In summer, winds over the bay are predominantly upwelling favorable, with brief intermittent relaxation events lasting for a few days. A uniform grid of particles distributed over the bay's surface is tracked to determine particle origins and fates. The relationship between wind events and surface transport is explored using synoptic maps of particle properties.

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