Accession Number : ADA268657


Title :   Surface Circulation in the Tasman and Coral Seas: Climatological Features Derived from Bathy-Thermograph Data


Corporate Author : MATERIALS RESEARCH LABS ASCOT VALE (AUSTRALIA)


Personal Author(s) : Hamilton, L J


Report Date : Jan 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 32


Abstract : Surface current climatology for 1960-87 in the Coral and Tasman seas for 20-50 deg S,150-175 deg E is investigated using geostrophic current values calculated from basin-wide expendable bathy-thermograph temperature sections coupled with a synthesized salinity profile and dynamic height regressions. The 180 sections lie on routes between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, including 50 sections between Sydney and the northern tip of New Zealand along 34 deg S. The analysis shows that bottom topography, seasonality and mesoscale effects are all important factors in descriptions of the Tasman Front and Tasman-Coral Sea flows.


Descriptors :   *OCEAN CURRENTS , *MARINE CLIMATOLOGY , *OCEAN BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY , *BATHYTHERMOGRAPH DATA , REPRINTS , OCEAN SURFACE , MASS FLOW , INFRARED IMAGES , SALINITY , WATER MASSES , NEW ZEALAND , THERMOGRAPHS , HEIGHT , GEOSTROPHIC CURRENTS , AUSTRALIA , CLIMATOLOGY , OCEANS , PROFILES , TOPOGRAPHY , TEMPERATURE


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE