SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANALYSIS DETAIL AND DATA DENSITY AND DISTRIBUTION - SOUTH CHINA SEA - NORTHEAST MONSOON.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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A daily subjective analysis of sea surface temperatures in the South China Sea for three monthly periods during the Northeast Winter Monsoon was performed. The analysis model developed showed a three-part division of the South China Sea into a cold eastern side, a warm central region and a cold western side. Bottom topography and surface currents played a major role in delineating analysis patterns. The relationship between data density and distribution and analysis detail was found to be affected adversely by continuity, when data density was small, and by the distribution of the observations, when the data were unevenly distributed. When the area per observation was relatively small and the data were evenly distributed, the number of observations and the number of analysis features which resulted from the analysis had a good linear relationship. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography