The co-influence of the sea breeze and the coastal upwelling at Cabo Frio: a numerical investigation using coupled models
Keywords:Coupled numerical model, coastal upwelling, sea breeze, local atmospheric circulation
AbstractA coupled atmospheric-oceanic model was used to investigate whether there is a positive feedback between the coastal upwelling and the sea breeze at Cabo Frio - RJ (Brazil). Two experiments were performed to ascertain the influence of the sea breeze on the coastal upwelling: the first one used the coupled model forced with synoptic NE winds of 8 m s-1 and the sign of the sea breeze circulation was set by the atmospheric model; the second experiment used only the oceanic model with constant 8 m s-1 NE winds. Then, to study the influence of the coastal upwelling on the sea breeze, two more experiments were performed: one using a coastal upwelling representative SST initial field and the other one using a constant and homogeneous SST field of 26°C. Finally, two more experiments were conducted to verify the influence of the topography and the spatial distribution of the sea surface temperature on the previous results. The results showed that the sea breeze can intensify the coastal upwelling, but the coastal upwelling does not intensify the sea breeze circulation, suggesting that there is no positive feedback between these two phenomena at Cabo Frio.
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Ribeiro, F. N. D., Soares, J., & Oliveira, A. P. de. (2011). The co-influence of the sea breeze and the coastal upwelling at Cabo Frio: a numerical investigation using coupled models. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, 59(2), 131-144. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-87592011000200002