A Note on the Reliability of Transmitted Sea Surface Temperatures.
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Commercial ships plying the worlds oceans are the greatest potential source of sea surface temperature data. Where surface heating is present, injection temperatures from levels of 20 to 35 feet are more representative of horizontal temperature variations than bucket or other near-surface measurements. This is true, because sea water injected under normal operating conditions is mixed to depths well below the injection level and is of such volume that it is virtually unaffected by high engine-room temperatures. However, sample checks of ship weather logs reveal that a large portion of injection temperature reports are rendered incorrect through shipboard processing of the data in conformity with code requirements. This paper discusses the nature of such errors. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography