Structure of Coastal Upwelling on a Sloping Bottom

by Yan Zang, Stanford Univ, United States,
Robert L. Street, Stanford Univ, United States,
Jeffrey R. Koseff, Stanford Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


A large eddy simulation of coastal upwelling on a sloping bottom is carried out. The structure of the upwelling consists of a persistent primary front, a temporary secondary front which forms the nose of a top unstable layer, and a trailing mixing zone. Baroclinic instability occurs at the primary front and develops into large, predominantly 2-D waves and eddies. The computed results are compared with past experimental data.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Transportation engineering | Numerical models | Slopes | Temporary structures | Ports and harbors | Climates | Nutrients | Oregon

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