Smith R. L.

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  • Technical Report
    Coastal Ocean Processes : a science prospectus
    (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1992-04) Brink, Kenneth H. ; Bane, John M. ; Church, Thomas M. ; Fairall, Christopher W. ; Geernaert, G. L. ; Hammond, D. E. ; Henrichs, S. M. ; Martens, C. S. ; Nittrouer, Charles A. ; Rogers, D. P. ; Roman, Michael R. ; Roughgarden, J. D. ; Smith, R. L. ; Wright, L. Donelson ; Yoder, James A.
    CoOP (Coastal Ocean Processes) is an organization meant to study major interdisciplinary scientific problems in the coastal ocean. Its goal is "to obtain a new level of quantitative understanding of the processes that dominate the transformations, transport and fates of biologically, chemically and geologically important matter on the continental margin". Central to obtaining this understanding will be advances in observing and modeling the cross-shelf component of transport. More specific objectives are to understand 1) cross-margin exchanges, 2) air sea exchanges, 3) benthic-pelagic exchanges, 4) terrestrial inputs and 5) biological and chemical transformations within the water column. CoOP research will be carried out primarly through a series of process-oriented field studies, each involving about two years of measurements. Each of these field studies is to be initiated and defined through a community workshop. In addition to the process studies, CoOP will also involve modeling, long time series, exploratory studies, remote sensing, technological innovation, data archiving and communications. A CoOP pilot study has been approved for funding by the National Science Foundation, and funding will begin in 1992. The CoOP science effort is thus already underway.
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    Coastal ocean processes : wind-driven transport processes on the U.S. west coast : Portland, Oregon, Workshop July 14-16, 1993
    (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1994-09) Smith, R. L. ; Brink, Kenneth H.
    Wind-driven transport occurs on nearly all of the world's continental shelves. A workshop, open to all interested scientists, was held in Portland, Oregon, on July 14-16, 1993, to assess the need for a major interdisciplinary study, and to begin defining the relevant questions and approaches. Specific questions were posed in the areas of air-sea feedback, sources and sinks of chemicals in the euphotic zone, plankton distributions and benthic exchanges. The consensus of the entire workshop was that a CoOP study of wind-drven transport processes should be made and should take place over the continental margin adjacent to the U.S. west coast. The central question to be addressed is: What processes control the cross-margin transport of biological, chemical and geological materials in a strongly wind-driven system? Some recommendations were made for locations and measurement techniques to be used in the envisioned two-year field program.