Accession Number : AD0678654

Title :   INVESTIGATIONS OF OCEANIC STRATIFICATION, CURRENTS AND SURFACE WAVES.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Nov 66-Sep 68,

Corporate Author : WESTINGHOUSE RESEARCH LABS PITTSBURGH PA

Personal Author(s) : Gaul,R. D.

Report Date : 31 OCT 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Various investigations of ocean surface waves, currents and stratification are described. Data from 14,000 ballasted drift bottles released in the Gulf of Mexico during 1963 to 1965 are summarized in a format suitable for storage in the National Oceanographic Data Center. About 20 percent returns of drift bottles were realized from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico including Cuba and from the Atlantic coast of Florida as well as Bermuda. The vertical structure of temperature observed in the northeast Gulf of Mexico was typified by 'steps' approximately 7 meters thick. The analysis of these steps was based on instrumentally induced deviations in salinity readings from a salinity/temperature/depth system. Similar characteristics of the thermal structure have been noted in the Sargasso Sea and it is concluded that the step-like structure is likely to be a common feature in the permanent thermocline of the oceans. Results of comparative wave measurements between a free-floating wave meter and the 'Monster' buoy indicate that the latter system can be used for wave measurements at frequencies less than 0.25 Hz. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, SURFACE PROPERTIES), (*OCEAN CURRENTS, MEXICO GULF), OCEAN BOTTOM SAMPLING, SALINITY, DRIFT, SAMPLERS, TEMPERATURE, DEPTH FINDING, THERMAL PROPERTIES, BUOYS, CUBA, COASTAL REGIONS, ATLANTIC OCEAN, FLORIDA, BERMUDA

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE