Accession Number : ADA138270

Title :   The Effect of Interior Motion on Seasonal Thermocline Evolution.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Garner,J P

PDF Url : ADA138270

Report Date : Dec 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : The response of the seasonal thermocline formation and mixing to prescribed vertical interior motion is examined. For the annual and shorter period interior motion cases studied, the response was strongest for the annual period. For an oscillatory vertical motion having a 15 m amplitude at a 75 m depth, warm sea surface temperature anomalies of up to 2.16 C and cold anomalies of up to 2.04 C are found, depending on the phase difference between the interior motion and the annual heat cycle. The net phase-averaged effect on the mixed layer for annual period interior motion is a reduction in vertical mixing. Higher frequency motion produces a net enhancement of the mixing. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Thermoclines, *Mixed layer(Marine), Seasonal variations, Internal waves, Equations of state, Ocean models, Boundary layer, Heat flux, Theses

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE