Estudio numérico de circulación océanica sobre la plataforma continental argentina
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This dissertation analyses the barotropic and baroclinic response of the Argentinean Continental Shelf to different forcing using a three-dimensional numerical ocean model. The study aims towards a systematical exploration of the physical processes that control the circulation. To facilitate the dynamical understanding of the results our experimental strategy was to start with a three dimensional barotropic model (constant density) that examines the influence of winds and tides, and to progress to a more complex case including density stratification (baroclinic model). It was found that the average annual circulation, forced only by the wind, shows a strong contrast between the northern and southern region of the study area. A detailed analysis demonstrates that, although the wind magnitude in the northern region is significantly smaller than in the south, its influence on the circulation is amplified due to changes in wind direction and shelf width. The inclusion of the tidal mixing m.....