All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 206 37 16
PDF Downloads 39 6 0

Water Mass Formation from Revised COADS Data

Kevin G. SpeerLaboratoire de Physique des Océans, IFREMER, Plouzané, France

Search for other papers by Kevin G. Speer in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
H-J. IsemerInstitute for Atmospheric Physics, GKSS-Research Center, Geestacht, Germany

Search for other papers by H-J. Isemer in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
A. BiastochInstitut für Meereskunde, Kiel, Germany

Search for other papers by A. Biastoch in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Full access

Abstract

Surface heat and freshwater fluxes from the Comprehensive 0cean-Atmosphere Data Set are revised and used diagnostically to compute air-sea transformation rates on density, temperature, and salinity classes over the domain of the data. Maximum rates occur over the warmest water and over mode waters, which are the dominant result of air-sea interaction. Transformation in different is accordingly distinguished by temperature and salinity, just as water masses in different oceans are so distinguished. Over the entire domain, to about 30°S, approximately 80×106 m3 s−1 of warm cool water are transformed by air-sea fluxes, on annual average. Calculations for several seas in the North Atlantic, where deep water is thought to originate, we also presented.

Abstract

Surface heat and freshwater fluxes from the Comprehensive 0cean-Atmosphere Data Set are revised and used diagnostically to compute air-sea transformation rates on density, temperature, and salinity classes over the domain of the data. Maximum rates occur over the warmest water and over mode waters, which are the dominant result of air-sea interaction. Transformation in different is accordingly distinguished by temperature and salinity, just as water masses in different oceans are so distinguished. Over the entire domain, to about 30°S, approximately 80×106 m3 s−1 of warm cool water are transformed by air-sea fluxes, on annual average. Calculations for several seas in the North Atlantic, where deep water is thought to originate, we also presented.

Save