The effects of the wind on currents along northern California will be examined under a $6.4 million study beginning April 1. The 4-year program, called Coastal Ocean Dynamics Experiment (CODE), is funded by the National Science Foundation. Oceanographers from five institutions will participate.
Focus of the study will be on the physical conditions involved in ocean movement, including water and air temperatures, and wind speed and direction. CODE's overall objective is to identify and quantify the processes that govern wind-driven currents over the continental shelf along a 97-km stretch of California. Data from Point Arena to Bodega Bay will be collected by using moored instruments, floating buoys, shipboard observations, land-based stations, and aircraft.