Publication Date

2016-04-27

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2016-04-27

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (Marine)

Date of Defense

2016-03-23

First Committee Member

Lynn K. Shay

Second Committee Member

William E. Johns

Third Committee Member

Arthur Mariano

Fourth Committee Member

Rick Lumpkin

Fifth Committee Member

Benjamin Jaimes

Abstract

High-resolution ocean surface current velocity measurements from high frequency (HF) radar are used to map the Florida Current jet structure, and quantify its fluctuations, in more detail than has previously been possible. Whereas earlier HF radar studies in the Straits of Florida focused on individual events, this research takes the next step by using a 2 year timeseries to quantify and characterize the mean horizontal jet profile, its meandering and structural variability, and the space-time structure of the velocity fluctuations.

Keywords

Florida Current; HF radar; submesoscale dynamics; eddies; ocean currents; western boundary current

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