Storm-dominated bottom boundary layer dynamics on the northern California continental shelf: measurements and predictions.

D. A. Cacchione, W. D. Grant, D. E. Drake, S. M. Glenn,

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Describes near-bottom velocity profiles in 85 m water depth during a storm on the continental shelf off northern California in December 1979. The repeated occurrences of storms of similar intensities and wind velocities during the winter months suggest that the resultant high bottom stresses due to the combined effects of waves and currents are major factors in controlling the distribution of surficial sediment on the central portion of the northern California shelf. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1817-1827
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research,
Issue numberC2,
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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