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The coastal upwelling and downwelling processes off Cape Frio, Brazil (23S)

Grant number: 12/04859-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Physical Oceanography
Principal Investigator:Ilson Carlos Almeida da SIlveira
Grantee:André Palóczy Filho
Home Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Although the coastal upwelling nearby Cape Frio (23S) has been reasonably well studied, the coastal downwelling remains virtually unexplored in the scientific literature. The aim of this work is to investigate these processes and their interaction with the Brazil Current. The methodology is based in numerical modeling and data analysis. The data set is composed by wind data from scatterometers, wind data from atmospheric sensors installed on a buoy moored near the coast and quasi-synoptic hydrographic data from the 2001 summer/winter oceanographic cruises of the dynamics of the shelf ecosystem of the western South Atlantic (DEPROAS) project. The numerical model employed is a sectional version of the Princeton Ocean Model. We will investigate the role of the baroclinic adjustment of the Brazil Current, as well as of the Cape Frio unstable cyclonic meander, in the upwelling and downwelling processes. As a result of this work, we expect to better quantify the influence of the oceanic processes on the coastal system nearby Cape Frio.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PALOCZY, A.; DA SILVEIRA, I. C. A.; CASTRO, B. M.; CALADO, L. Coastal upwelling off Cape Sao Tome (22 degrees S, Brazil): The supporting role of deep ocean processes. CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH, v. 89, n. SI, p. 38-50, OCT 15 2014. Web of Science Citations: 16.

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