Mass, Salt, and Heat Transport Across Seven Latitude Circles in the North Atlantic Ocean. A Description of the General Circulation Based on Geostrophic Calculations from International Geophysical Year and Adjacent Data
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Assuming the geostrophic approximation to be valid, a level of no motion was established by satisfying the requirement of mass and salt continuity across seven latitude sections extending from 8 N to 48 N, with each latitude section providing comprehensive temperature and salinity data extending from coast to coast and from the sea surface to the ocean floor. Based on this level of no motion, net meridional heat transport values were determined for each latitude section and compared with those of previous studies for the North Atlantic Ocean and the Northern Hemisphere. The results of this comparison indicate that the inclusion of the heat transported in the bottom peripheral areas of the latitude sections did not affect the overall flux of heat to any appreciable degree when compared to results proposed using the same data ignoring the bottom area.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography