|Title:||Eddy-induced variability in a transatlantic section: Argo observing system-gyroscope 0302 cruise comparison||Authors:||Vargas-Yáñez, Manuel
|UNESCO Clasification:||251007 Oceanografía física||Keywords:||North-Atlantic Ocean
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|Issue Date:||2005||Publisher:||0739-0572||Journal:||Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology||Abstract:||Ocean hydrological sections provide a very useful mean to study the ocean circulation as well as to determine water mass properties and to estimate fluxes. One basic method for their analysis is the spatial interpolation of data, obtained from a set of predefined stations, into a regular grid for contouring isolines and for further calculations. The shortest length scales that can be solved are limited by the distance between stations. Some of these scales, though resoluble by the sampling design, may be, with respect to time variability, shorter than the time that is needed to complete the section. This situation can produce a lack of synopticity in the obtained data, which is not usually addressed in oceanographic studies because the sequential repetition of oceanographic surveys is not an easy task. Here two samplings are compared—one by CTD- and another by Array for Real-Time Geostrophic Oceanography (Argo)-type profilers—of the same zonal section with a 5-day delay. The integral time scale for the mesoscale field is around 11 days, which implies that the mesoscale signal obtained from consecutive transmissions of the profilers are weakly correlated. The mesoscale field in a transatlantic section, which typically takes 20 days to be carried out, cannot be considered as synoptic.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10553/50060||ISSN:||0739-0572||DOI:||10.1175/JTECH1761.1||Source:||Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology [ISSN 0739-0572], v. 22, p. 1069-1079|
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