Accession Number : ADA189317

Title :   Relationships between Remotely-Sensed Surface Properties and Subsurface Structure in the Ocean.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Fiedler, Paul C

PDF Url : ADA189317

Report Date : 06 Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : The analyses of historical temperature-depth data from the California Current and recent surface and Expendable Bathythermograph(XBT) data from the Gulf of California have demonstrated that surface variables measurable by remote sensors do provide information about subsurface structure. However, estimates of subsurface structure based on empirical relationships are valid only regionally (coastal areas of 100's of km) and are of limited reliability. A vertical model like the one developed here can be a powerful tool in studying the physical and biological mechanisms that produce empirical surface-subsurface relationships. Ultimately, such a model could serve as the basis for a scheme to maintain continuously-updated estimates of subsurface structure. The estimates would be nowcasted by the model using surface variables (e.g. surface temperature and color) and physical driving variables (e.g. winds, back radiation and cloudiness) monitored continuously by remote sensing.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN CURRENTS, *REMOTE DETECTORS, *OCEAN SURFACE, *BATHYTHERMOGRAPH DATA, CALIFORNIA, CLOUD COVER, COASTAL REGIONS, GULFS, MODELS, OCEANS, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, RELIABILITY, SUBSURFACE, SURFACE TEMPERATURE, SURFACES, THESES, VARIABLES, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, WIND, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, MARINE BIOLOGY, INFRARED RADIATION, THERMOCLINES

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE