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Observing ocean currents on the Scottish Continental Shelf using wave gliders

Vreeze, S. de (2020) Observing ocean currents on the Scottish Continental Shelf using wave gliders.

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Abstract:MASSMO (Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations) is a five-year research programme in UK waters using new Marine Autonomous Systems technologies (Wynn, 2019). As part of the third mission in this programme, MASSMO-3, in September 2016, three Wave Gliders were deployed northwest of Scotland. In this study, the quality of the data from these Wave Gliders is analysed, as well as the Wave Glider's ability to determine the tidal movements in an area and transport across a section. Furthermore, the circulation on the Scottish Continental Shelf (SCS) is investigated. Finally, transport variability along the main pathway of Atlantic water, from the edge of the UK Continental Shelf into the North Sea, is studied. This study aims to determine the applicability of Wave Gliders in observing and understand- ing oceanographic processes. The main research question is: \How can Wave Gliders be used to improve the understanding of oceanographic processes, using the Scottish Continental Shelf as a case study?" To guide the research, this research question is separated into three sub-questions: 1. What is the quality of the data retrieved from the Wave Gliders during the MASSMO-3 mission, when compared to historical and modelled data? 2. What is the variability of the circulation on the SCS in the region of the northern tip of the Western Isles? 3. How does the transport on the SCS and along its subsequent path into the North Sea vary?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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