Observation of Spatial Variability of Diurnal Thermocline and Rain-formed Halocline in the Western Pacific Warm Pool

Alexander Soloviev*
and
Roger Lukas

Department of Oceanography
University of Hawaii
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

21 August 1995


Abstract
High resolution measurements in the near-surface layer of the ocean during the TOGA Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Experiment (COARE) revealed cases of quite pronounced spatial variability of near-surface temperature and salinity. Under certain conditions the shallow diurnal thermocline and rain-formed halocline are subject to perturbations that look like large amplitude internal waves (Fig. 1). The observations provide a more detailed picture of thermohaline structure of the near-surface layer of the ocean in the western Pacific warm pool.


*Visiting staff. Permanent affiliation is the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow, Russia)

Reference:

Soloviev, A. and R. Lukas, 1996: Observation of spatial variability of diurnal thermocline and rain-formed halocline in the western Pacific warm pool. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 26, 2529-2538.

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