Ocean temperature and salinity inverted from combined hydrographic and seismic data.

Papenberg, Cord , Klaeschen, Dirk , Krahmann, Gerd and Hobbs, R. W. (2010) Ocean temperature and salinity inverted from combined hydrographic and seismic data. Open Access Geophysical Research Letters, 37 (4). L04601. DOI 10.1029/2009GL042115.

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Recently seismic reflection methods have been successfully applied to oceanographic issues. Here, we present a new approach, combining XBT and CTD surveys with seismic observations, to visualize long sections with a resolution down to a few meters. The challenge to a full investigation of mixing processes has been the tremendous span of spatial scales ranging from hundreds of kilometers to centimeters. Traditional hydrographic observations could only resolve the large scale effects by measuring temperature and salinity profiles at discrete locations typically several kilometers apart, whereas dedicated localized measurements allowed investigation of the ocean fine structure at the other end of the spatial spectrum. The intermediate scales have in contrast been difficult to observe systematically. Here we present temperature and salinity data inverted from seismic observations that cover the intermediate scales and provide a new approach to image mesoscale processes and allow the investigation of their dynamics at unprecedented resolution.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Geodynamics; ocean temperature; salinity; oceanography; R.V. Poseidon; POS350
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2009GL042115
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 13:00
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/10129

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