Upper ocean upwelling, temperature, and zonal momentum analyses in the western equatorail [sic] Pacific [electronic resource] / by Robert William Helber.
ABSTRACT: The air-sea interaction thermodynamics of the western equatorial Pacific, the Earth's largest region of warm SST, is a major component of the global climate system. Along the equator, warm pool thermodynamics and momentum are influenced by equatorial ocean visco-inertial boundary layer dynamics that occur within a few degrees of the equator because of the sign reversal of the Coriolis force. Designed to study this system, COARE Enhanced Monitoring Array (EMA) observations of temperature, salinity, velocity, and surface meteorology were centered at 0, 156°E from February 1992 through April 1994. They sampled variability on the equator over larger space/time-scales than the concurrent Intensive Flux Array (IFA) centered at 2°S, 156°E. The EMA data are examined within the context of the larger scale equatorial Pacific and the El Niño conditions that occurred at that time.
School:University of South Florida
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:ocean atmosphere interaction tropics pacific area physical oceanography warm pool dissertations academic usf marine science doctoral
Date of Publication:01/01/2003