Accession Number : AD0838964

Title :   AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSES OF THE POSITIVE SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE ANOMALY IN THE NORTHEAST PACIFIC JUNE-OCTOBER 1967.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Taranto, Richard

Report Date : JUN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : Factors affecting the heat content of the ocean's surface layer are briefly discussed. Some recent studies of sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies are reviewed. The SST anomaly in the NE Pacific, June-October 1967, is described. The influence of individual parameters (1000mb wind, advection, mixed layer depth, net heat exchange, convergence-divergence) on the development and dissipation of the SST anomaly under investigation is evaluated. The simultaneous interactions of the parameters during the period of the study are discussed. Movement of the SST anomaly is described. Warmer than usual advection of surface water and high values of net heat exchange were necessary but not sufficient conditions for development of the SST anomaly. The critical importance of horizontal convergence in the surface layer and relatively shallow mixed layer depth is determined. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SEA WATER, SURFACE TEMPERATURE), (*THERMOCLINES, PACIFIC OCEAN), ANOMALIES, INTERACTIONS, OCEAN CURRENTS, WIND, HEAT TRANSFER, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, THESES.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE