Profiling Float Observations in the Aegean Sea
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
Pagination or Media Count:
LONG-TERM GOALS. It is the long-term goal of this work to gain a better understanding of the circulation of the Aegean Sea. While the nations bordering the Aegean Sea each have individual programs in scientific exploration and analysis of the Sea, these efforts have only recently begun to be well-coordinated, and the most modern technology has not been used. It is the goal of this work to begin a coordinated effort to study the Aegean Sea with modern profiling floats. OBJECTIVES. The objective of this work was to collect a large number of high quality temperature and salinity profiles from the Aegean Sea during all seasons, over the course of several years, in order to be able to examine the circulation above 1000 m. The deep circulation in the Aegean Sea has not been previously well-observed over long periods, and it is planned to examine this circulation for the first time in this work. APPROACH. In order to carry out this work, 4 profiling floats are being deployed in the Aegean Sea between 2004 and 2006. A parking depth of near 700 m has been chosen for all of the floats, with CTD profiles collected every 5 days.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography