Accession Number : AD0806666

Title :   COMPARISON OF ANALYZED SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES WITH OBSERVED DATA (JAN.-FEB. 1966).

Descriptive Note : Informal manuscript,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE NSTL STATION MS

Personal Author(s) : Shank, Mitchell K., Jr

Report Date : OCT 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Six hundred and sixty-six sea surface temperature (SST) measurements acquired aboard the USNS JAMES M. GILLISS (T-AGOR-4) during January - February 1966 were compared to values interpolated from synoptic SST analyses prepared by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) and the Fleet Numerical Weather Facility (FNWF) and to climatological averages for the same period. Observational area was the western North Atlantic. None of the analyses duplicated the observed distribution to a notable degree, although major trends were indicated correctly in every case. NAVOCEANO's subjectively prepared synoptic analysis was the only one to position and scale strong gradients, or fronts, successfully; this analysis also had the least absolute error and standard deviation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SURFACE TEMPERATURE, ATLANTIC OCEAN), ACCURACY, OCEANOGRAPHIC SHIPS, THERMISTORS, SAMPLING, THERMOMETERS, BATHYTHERMOGRAPHS, BATHYTHERMOGRAPH DATA, GULF STREAM, SEA WATER.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE