Santa Barbara Channel Study

Project Description
The Santa Barbara Channel Study (SBCS) is the same as the Santa
Barbara Channel/Santa Marine Basin Study (SRC/SMB).

This study is an extension of the numerical modeling circulation
component of the Santa Barbara Channel-Santa Maria Basin (SBC-SMB)
Circulation Study. The SBC-SMB Circulation Study is the title of the
Cooperative Agreement (CA) between the state of California and the
MMS. Absence of sufficient observations, as has been the case in past
modeling programs, prevents proper model skill assessment. One of the
Scientific Review Panel?s April 1997 recommendations states that
successful SBC-SMB model development, successful analysis of
observations, and successful field work is contingent on all three
being performed concurrently during the conduct of the SBC-SMB
Circulation study. This will allow modelers valuable interaction with
the Study?s principal investigators (PI) (observationalists) during
the conduct of their respective study components.

Recent numerically modeled simulations of circulation processes
characteristic to the SBC have been, and continue to be, used in the
analysis of observations obtained in that area. Modeled simulations of
the characteristic flows of the SBC and SMB appropriate for OSRA, and
modeled circulation processes helpful to analysis of the data obtained
in the SMB, are not scheduled for completion under the present


1. Support analysis of observations obtained from the extended
field work with numerically modeled process studies presently
taking place in the Santa Maria Basin.

2. Provide reliable predicted ocean current information for the
Santa Barbara Channel and the SMB by complementing the entire
suite of observations obtained in the SBC-SMB Circulation Study.

Contact Person:

David Browne

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