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Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models, Volume 161

ISBN: 978-0-87590-426-9
347 pages
January 2005, American Geophysical Union
Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models, Volume 161 (0875904262) cover image
Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 161.

In this book, we describe our current state of knowledge on circulation in the Gulf of Mexico 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, we have attempted to avoid the distinction between observations and models, as both are essential to advance our understanding of this exceptional body of water. We 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.
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Preface
Wilton Sturges and Alexis Lugo-Fernandez vii

Introduction
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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