The Effects of Heat Exchange and Thermal Advection on the Rate of Change of Temperature at Ocean Weather Station NOVEMBER.
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The effects of heat exchange across the sea surface and heat advection on the observed rate of change of temperature were examined using a physical cause-effect principle. Parameters that are easily calculated from routine meteorological and oceanographic observations at Ocean Weather Station NOVEMBER during 1954 through 1970 were used. A three-dimensional plot of the annual variations of the monthly means of observed rate of change of temperature produced three distinct trends. Heat exchange primarily contributed to the modification of the observed rate of change of temperature during the first two trends while a combination of both physical processes affected the observed rate of change of temperature in the third trend. Over short periods of time month to month anomalous SST changes appear to be established primarily by the advection pattern.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography