Accession Number : AD0736509

Title :   The Turbulent Distribution of Temperature in the Ocean,

Corporate Author : BISSETT-BERMAN CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Black,Clayton F.

Report Date : 23 DEC 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 176

Abstract : Currents of scales from several thousand miles to small scale eddies of a fraction of an inch cause warm water to flow into cold and cold into warm causing relatively large unsteady local temperature gradients. A knowledge of the statistics of the gradients allows one to infer the statistics of the currents causing the temperature variation. This report considers many aspects of this process of inference and presents analysis of a set of temperature data collected with a large thermistor chain. The temperature data consists of measurements taken at constant depth every 100 feet over a nearly straight path of 40 miles length. The 34 thermistors in the chain provide data at 34 depths spaced equally from just below the surface to 750 ft. The nature of turbulence and its effect on temperature distribution are described. Some implications of large scale turbulence and its effect on temperature distributions for ASW and geophysical surveys are described. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PACIFIC OCEAN, TEMPERATURE), (*OCEAN CURRENTS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION), TURBULENCE, UNDERWATER SOUND, SOUND TRANSMISSION, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, THERMISTORS, SALINITY, THEOREMS, DEPTH FINDING, HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYING, ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE