Accession Number:

ADA001293

Title:

Investigation of the Statistics of Ocean Current Speeds.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

An in-depth study of 29 time-series current-meter records shows that the logarithmic-speed distributions as a group can be considered to plot symmetrically about their mean, and that the distribution of the mean appears log-normal. The mean distribution does, however, exhibit a slight systematic deviation possibly due to transient phenomena in the data. Fifty drift-of-ship records from the National Oceanographic Data Center were examined and found after a necessary data alteration to show the same distributional characteristics as the current-meter data. Indications from drift-of-ship data were that area and seasonal influences affect the speed variability but not the distributional characteristics of the logarithmic-speed transformation. The log-normal distribution for both current-meter and corrected drift-of-ship data appears to be useful out to a deviation from the mean of between two and three sigma units.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE