Accession Number : AD0614475

Title :   SPACE-TIME VARIABILITY OF THE THERMAL STRUCTURE OF THE UPPER LAYERS OF THE OCEAN.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis; Research rept.,

Corporate Author : SPERRY RAND RESEARCH CENTER SUDBURY MASS

Personal Author(s) : Carr,Jerome B.

Report Date : MAR 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : A parameter is developed for measuring changes in the structure of the mixed layer. Time series analysis shows stable thermal conditions existing for several days, followed by very rapid decay of thermal structure. These periods of decay or 'nonrepresentativeness' are examined and found to be due to mixing regions between horizontally advecting discrete water masses and independent of 40 meteorological and oceanographic parameters. The spacial study indicates that data density is a critical factor and that present methods of contouring mixed layer depths needs serious revision. Accordingly, a new technique is developed for mapping mixed layer depths. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEANS, THERMAL PROPERTIES), OCEANOGRAPHY, THERMODYNAMICS, ATLANTIC OCEAN, TEMPERATURE, MAPPING, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE