Currents in Los Angeles Harbor and Vicinity
(See page 685, May, 1939, Proceedings)
Dr. H. U. Sverdrup, Director Scripps Institution of Oceanography.—In a recent article Mr. Leypoldt has made references to my studies of the upwelling off the coast of California, to which he takes exception:
Dr. Sverdrup assigns the wind as the cause of the upwelling, but points out that other possibilities exist. The writer, of course, is assigning the variation of “mean sea level” as the primary cause of the phenomenon.
I wish to state that not only I, but all other oceanographers who have dealt with the phenomena of upwelling ascribe the process to the influence of winds. I shall not repeat the many arguments in favor of this view, but it seems appropriate to draw attention to the fact that Mr. Leypoldt’s conclusions are based on several misconceptions.