Monitoring of Ocean Surface Currents and Circulation

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2024 | Viewed by 174

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Oceans Graduate School & The UWA Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009, Australia
Interests: coastal oceanography; mixing and circulation; physical processes; coastal observations; numerical modeling; sediment transport; remote sensing; estuaries; nearshore processes
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Dear Colleagues,

Ocean surface currents, defined here to be the upper few meters of the ocean, are a dynamic and challenging region to monitor due to the complexities of the constantly changing air–sea interface. The currents in the uppermost section of the ocean are driven mainly through the action of wind and surface gravity waves (Stokes drift). Their measurement is challenging as most traditional Eulerian approaches are limited in their applicability in this region. Currently, there are two main approaches for monitoring the surface currents: (1) Lagrangian drifters and (2) high-frequency shore-based Radar systems. New novel systems are in development, including remote sensing (satellite, aircraft, and drones) and autonomous surface vehicles. The surface currents are critical for the transport of buoyant material such as river plumes, eggs and larvae of marine organisms, plastics and litter, as well as oil. In this context, we invite researchers and practitioners to contribute original research papers and review articles that explore a diverse range of topics related to the monitoring of ocean surface currents and circulation in the upper few meters of the ocean. Potential areas for submission include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. In situ measurements and techniques: This theme will focus on in situ measurement techniques, including the use of drifters, moorings, and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) for capturing upper ocean surface currents and circulation patterns.
  2. Advanced remote sensing techniques: We welcome contributions that showcase innovative remote sensing technologies, such as shore-based high-frequency Radar systems and satellite and/or airborne (aircraft, drones) systems, including radar, altimetry, and/or digital imagery for the detection and analysis of upper ocean surface currents.
  3. Numerical modeling and data assimilation: We invite papers that describe advanced numerical models and data assimilation approaches for simulating and predicting upper ocean surface currents and circulation.
  4. Impacts of ocean surface currents: Contributions focusing on the ecological and environmental impacts of upper ocean surface currents and circulation are welcome, particularly with respect to buoyant material.

Prof. Dr. Charitha Pattiaratchi
Guest Editor

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  • ocean surface currents
  • currents
  • circulation
  • remote sensing
  • numerical modeling

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