Oceanic thermal and biological responses to Santa Ana winds
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2003
Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 30, Issue 11, June 2003
How to Cite
2003), Oceanic thermal and biological responses to Santa Ana winds, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1596, doi:10.1029/2003GL017208, 11., and (
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 7 APR 2003
- Manuscript Received: 26 FEB 2003
 Ocean surface wind vectors with improved spatial resolutions were derived from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) satellite. They allow us to examine the details and extent of oceanic influence of a Santa Ana event - a strong offshore and downslope wind in southern California that may spread wide fires, damage properties, and endanger aviation. The oceanic thermal and biological responses to the surface wind jets were observed with other spaceborne sensors. It is found that surface wind jets reduce sea surface temperatures and increase biological productivities. Spacebased measurements demonstrate the inadequacy of current operational numerical weather prediction (NWP) models to accurately and consistently predict the characteristics of Santa Ana winds over the coastal ocean.