Shallow Water Active Classification-1 Sea Trial Environmental Data for Malta Channel, Oct-Nov 1994,
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS
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During the fall of 1994, the Shallow Water Active Classification-1 SWAC-1 test was conducted in the Malta Channel. The three surface platforms involved in the test were utilized to collect environmental data SWATH bathymetry, bottom sediment samples, currents, XBT temperature profiles, and CTD profiles. Shipboard weather observations were recorded as well as meteorological data measured by a moored Wind Speed, Direction WSD buoy. Oceanographic variability over the Malta Bank is evident in the profiles presented. A mixed-layer is present from the surface to 30-40 m with oscillations in both the thermocline and in the deeper water column. These deeper oscillations produce a sound channel near 70 m in many of the profiles. Sound speeds were computed using Wilsons 1960 equation. The instruments and data collected are described with data listed in four appendices.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography