The internal tide in the Monterey Submarine Canyon is one of the remarkable effects caused by the presence of the Canyon cutting across Monterey Bay. It is no surprise that much effort has been expended in investigating Canyon processes. The Canyon acts as a deep water conduit bringing offshore waters and organisms directly into the Bay and at the same time acting as a sediment drain. Yet with all the attention that Canyon research has received and deserves, it may be worthwhile to point out that our knowledge of the water circulation in the shallow northern and southern bights is incomplete. These are the areas of greatest recreational use of Bay waters, and one would like to draw a chart showing the "average" surface circulation. With all the attention that has been directed to MBNMS, and with the application of sophisticated satellite remote sensing, CODAR and ADCP current measurements, that goal may be now realized.
Section VII. Internal Tide