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INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF OCEAN EXPLORATION COASTAL UPWELLING ECOSYSTEMS ANALYSIS Technical Report 40 ATLAS OF THE JOINT IL 1976 AIRCRAFT WINDS FOR THE 500 FOOT LEVEL D. W. STUART A. I. WATSON ef Florida State Universit; Department OF Meteorology Cue uo 40 Tallahassee, Florida 32306 Prepared Under NSF Grant OCE77-2 Reference: FSU-MET-STU 81-3 June 198] ABSTRACT Maps of winds at 500 ft are presented for thirteen (13) individual flights using aircraft data gathered during aaytime (1000-1600 L) flights made in March-April as a part of JOINT II 1976. Details of the data reduction and analysis techniques are discussed. The total wind field is shown by maps of the streamlines and isotachs while the alongshore (Vp) and onshore (Vy) Components are shown by isotach maps. Maps of the 500 ft winds on the individual flights reveal: (1) the flow is generally steady and parallel to the coast but with onshore flow near the mouth of the Ica River, (2) marked spatial variation of the isotachs with the average naximum of 16.0 ms"? and the average mininum of 4.6 ms +, (3) the V; and Vy component isotachs reveal the effects of thermal circu- lations and channelling by the coastal mountains, and (4) the maxima of Vp at 500 £t fluctuate much like the V; at the sur- face at San Juan, Peru. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We are indebted to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) who provided the Queen Air along with pilots and support personnel via their Research Aircraft Facility (RAF). RAF also performed the basic data quality control and processing leading to the users tape and microfilm. The Florida State University (FSU) Computing Center was in- valuable for the further processing of the NCAR tapes. Pro- grams to handle the NCAR tapes and some of the computer graphics were developed by Paul Duval. Many organizations and individuals within Peru made our field operations run smoothiy, We are particularly indebted to Admiral Indacochea of IMARPE, General Piccone of SENAMHI, and the CORPAC personnel at the Pisco Airport. Thanks are due to the numerous FSU students who over the years were involved in various aspects of the field work and data processing. The manuscript was typed by Mrs. Janina Richards. Finally, we are indebted to National Science Foundation (NSF) for their support of these studies as part of the CUEA Program under IDOE. ii