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dc.contributor.authorChurchill, J.H.
dc.contributor.authorLentz, S.J.
dc.contributor.authorFarrar, J.T.
dc.contributor.authorAbualnaja, Yasser
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-06T13:23:50Z
dc.date.available2015-05-06T13:23:50Z
dc.date.issued2014-02-14
dc.identifier.citationProperties of Red Sea coastal currents 2014, 78:51 Continental Shelf Research
dc.identifier.issn02784343
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.csr.2014.01.025
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/552378
dc.description.abstractProperties of coastal flows of the central Red Sea are examined using 2 years of velocity data acquired off the coast of Saudi Arabia near 22 °N. The tidal flow is found to be very weak. The strongest tidal constituent, the M2 tide, has a magnitude of order 4 cm s−1. Energetic near-inertial and diurnal period motions are observed. These are surface-intensified currents, reaching magnitudes of >10 cm s−1. Although the diurnal currents appear to be principally wind-driven, their relationship with the surface wind stress record is complex. Less than 50% of the diurnal current variance is related to the diurnal wind stress through linear correlation. Correlation analysis reveals a classical upwelling/downwelling response to the alongshore wind stress. However, less than 30% of the overall sub-inertial variance can be accounted for by this response. The action of basin-scale eddies, impinging on the coastal zone, is implicated as a primary mechanism for driving coastal flows.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0278434314000466
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Continental Shelf Research. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
dc.subjectRed Sea
dc.subjectCoastal flows
dc.subjectBasin-shelf interaction
dc.titleProperties of Red Sea coastal currents
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalContinental Shelf Research
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDF
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
kaust.personAbualnaja, Yasser
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-14T07:35:21Z
dc.date.published-online2014-02-14
dc.date.published-print2014-04


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