Accession Number : ADA117286

Title :   Statistical Analysis of Upper Ocean Time Series of Vertical Shear.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 81-Apr 82,

Corporate Author : SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INC MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Rubenstein,David M ; Newman,Fred C

PDF Url : ADA117286

Report Date : May 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : Shear measurements from the MILE current meter observations are statistically analyzed. Much of the shear is inertial, and probability density histograms of short-term records are bimodal. Over three inertial periods, shear distribution approaches Gaussianity. We derive a simple statistical model of shear, which predicts how mean-square shear varies with stratification and vertical separation 5z. We compare these predictions with MILE observations. We also show that 15-minute average samples of N2 and S2 are significantly correlated. Knowing the 15-minute average value of N2 allows one to predict S2 within a factor of two at least 46% of the time, and within a factor of four at least 75% of the time. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Ocean waves, *Shear properties, *Statistical analysis, *Time series analysis, Vertical orientation, Subsurface, Wake, Inertia, Oscillation, Probability density functions, Histograms, Gaussian quadrature, Velocity, Temperature, Comparison, Data processing

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE