Storm response in the coastal ocean: The oceanographic component of the Canadian Atlantic Storms Program (CASP)



The Canadian Atlantic Storms Program (CASP) is a joint oceanographic and meteorological research program to examine the mesoscale structure and dynamics of winter storms and the associated oceanic response on Canada's east coast. The mesoscale meteorology of these destructive storms is not well understood and presents great challenges to the meteorological forecaster. Likewise, the oceanic response is poorly documented and requires a more complete and quantitative understanding. Atmospheric and oceanic observations made in the Canadian Maritime provinces during the CASP field program, in the winter of 1985–86, are now being analyzed and modeled by investigators at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) of the Government of Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Atmospheric Environment Service (AES) of the Department of the Environment, and several Canadian universities.