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Zachariah R. Hallock

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Changes in round-trip acoustc travel time (τ) measured between a bottom moored inverted echo sounder and the sea surface can be interpreted as changes in dynamic height (D) with suitable calibration information. The τ, D, and isotherm and isopycnal depths (Z) have been calculated using hydrographic (CTD) data from three regions: the Norwegian Current, the Sargasso Sea and the eastern Gulf Stream. Regressions of D and Z on τ were performed. The slope for the Norwegian Current is − 1.70 ± 0.01 [dyn cm (m s)−1], for the Sargasso Sea − 3.89 ± 0.16 [dyn cm (m s)−1] and for the Gulf Stream − 3.13 ± 0.07 [dyn cm (m s)−1]. The quasi-random scatter about regression curves is found to be primarily the result of variability in the seasonal thermocline, where present.

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Zachariah R. Hallock
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William J. Teague

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A theoretical model of expendable bathythermograph (XBT) fall rate is reviewed, and a new form of fall-rate equation is proposed to include new-surface transient effects. Comparisons are made of T-7 XBT and CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) depths of thermohaline features off Barbados. Fall-rate equation coefficients are derived and compared with the manufacturer-supplied coefficients. As other investigators have found, the Sippican equation consistently underestimates probe depth by as much as 35 m at 760 m. Analysis yields a new equation, Z=6.798t−0.002383t 2−4.01, for depths greater than about 10 m. Considerable probe-to-probe variability is noted and is found to be primarily the result of differences in the linear term or terminal velocity of the probes; variation in effective drag resulting from probe irregularities is the likely cause. Recommendations for additional work are made.

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