Shelf MIxed Layer Experiment (SMILE) program description and coastal and moored array data report


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dc.contributor.author Alessi, Carol A.
dc.contributor.author Lentz, Steven J.
dc.contributor.author Beardsley, Robert C.
dc.coverage.spatial Northern California Shelf
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-25T17:10:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-25T17:10:54Z
dc.date.issued 1991-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/3077
dc.description.abstract The Shelf MIxed Layer Experiment (SMILE) was designed to study the response of the oceanic surface boundary layer over the continental shelf to atmospheric forcing. The SMILE field program was conducted over the northern California shelf between Pt. Arena and Pt. Reyes from mid-November 1988 to mid-May 1989. The field program consisted of five main components: (a) a long-term moored array to obtain current, temperature, and conductivity time series observations in the upper ocean over the shelf; (b) a short-term moored instrument deployment to measure the vertical current shear and stratification in the top 6 m of the water column; (c) shipboard CTD and acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) surveys over the shelf and adjacent slope to map regional water property and current distributions; (d) a long-term moored and coastal meteorological array including one sounding station to obtain time series observations of the atmospheric surface forcing and monitor the structure of the marine boundary layer; and (e) overflights with an instrumented aircraft to measure the spatial structure of the surface wind, wind stress, and heat flux fields under different atmospheric conditions. This report has two objectives: (a) to describe the SMILE field program, including overviews of the five components, and (b) to present a statistical and graphical summary of the atmospheric (wind, air temperature, pressure, relative humidity, short- and longwave radiation) and oceanic (current, water temperature, and conductivity) long-term array measurements made as part of SMILE. A more detailed description of the instrumentation used in SMILE and an assessment of instrument performance and accuracy are presented separately by Dean et al. (1991). en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation through Grant No. OCE-87-16937. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WHOI Technical Reports en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WHOI-91-39 en_US
dc.subject Ocean-atmosphere interaction en_US
dc.subject Marine meteorology en_US
dc.title Shelf MIxed Layer Experiment (SMILE) program description and coastal and moored array data report en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1575/1912/3077

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