Accession Number : AD0629156

Title :   AN INVESTIGATION OF THE INTERMEDIATE SALINITY MAXIMUM IN THE EQUATORIAL ATLANTIC DURING EQUALANT I.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NEW YORK UNIV N Y GEOPHYSICAL SCIENCES LAB

Personal Author(s) : Williams,Robert Glenn

Report Date : FEB 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : The distribution of salinity, mass, and the circulation in the upper 500 meters of the Atlantic between 10 degrees N and 10 degrees S is investigated by analysis of Equalant I data. Particular attention is given to locating the sources of high salinity feeding the Equatorial Undercurrent, and to determining the nature and extent of the intermediate salinity maximum layer. This layer is shown to exist everywhere, except in the Gulf of Guina south of 7 degrees 30 min S, and in a very small patch off Cape Orange, centered at 9 degrees N, 38 degrees W. There is a discrepancy between this result and Defant's vertical circulation model in the western South Atlantic. The sources of high salinity core of the Equatorial Undercurrent are the highly saline water masses lying close to the South American continent, both north and south of the equator. There are no significant intrusions of high salinity into the Equatorial Undercurrent east of 37 degrees W, although the high salinity core of the Undercurrent is identified as far east as 3 degrees E. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATLANTIC OCEAN, SALINITY), (*SALINITY, ATLANTIC OCEAN), TROPICAL REGIONS, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE