Accession Number : ADA193143

Title :   Small and Mesoscale Processes in the Marginal Ice Zone Experiment.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jan 84-31 Dec 87,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA MARINE SCIENCE INST

Personal Author(s) : Foster, Theodore D

PDF Url : ADA193143

Report Date : 31 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : The primary objective of this research program was to understand the spatial and temporal behavior of the finestructure in the upper ocean of the marginal ice zone and, in particular, to determine the role that internal waves play in determining the behavior of that finestructure. A secondary objective was to provide high quality temperature and salinity profiles from the surface to the bottom in order to supplement the general hydrography of the region and to provide calibration data for other investigators. Analysis of the CTD times series data revealed that internal wave energy levels in the marginal ice zone are only slightly lower than those in the open ocean. We also showed that in the marginal ice zone intrusions make temperature spectra an invalid method for determining internal wave activity.

Descriptors :   *ICE, *INTERNAL WAVES, CALIBRATION, ENERGY LEVELS, HYDROGRAPHY, INTRUSION, OCEANS, OPEN WATER, PROFILES, SALINITY, SPECTRA, TEMPERATURE, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, SEA WATER, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, DENSITY

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE