Accession Number:

ADA537654

Title:

The Evolution of Upper Ocean Thermal Structure at 10 deg N, 125 deg W during 1997-1998

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

194.0

Abstract:

In this thesis I have endeavored to determine the factors and physical processes that controlled SST and thermocline depth at 10 deg N, 125 deg W during the Pan American Climate Study PACS field program. Analysis based on the PACS data set, TOPEXPoseidon sea surface height data, European Remote Sensing satellite wind data, and model simulations and experiments reveals that the dominant mechanisms affecting the thermocline depth and SST at the mooring site during the measurement period were local surface fluxes, Ekman pumping, and vertical mixing associated with enhancement of the vertical shear by strong near-inertial waves in the upper ocean superimposed upon intra-seasonal baroclinic Rossby waves and the large scale zonal flow.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE