Optimum multiparameter analysis of the water mass structure in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

Hinrichsen, Hans-Harald and Tomczak, Matthias (1993) Optimum multiparameter analysis of the water mass structure in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Open Access Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 98 (C6). p. 10155. DOI 10.1029/93JC00180.

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Abstract

Hydrographic data of temperature, salinity, oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, and silicate at 81 stations with 435 samples on 3 sections between the Azores, the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, and the Bermuda Islands are used to determine the mixing of water masses by optimum multiparameter analysis over the depth range 100–1500 m. The method optimally utilizes all information from our hydrographic data set by solving an overdetermined set of linear mixing equations for all parameters using the method of least squares residuals. It is shown that the method gives quantitative information on the influence of the various water masses of the western North Atlantic. The Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Current appear as broad bands transporting large amounts of Western North Atlantic Central Water at their warm flank. Western Subarctic Intermediate Water and Shelf Water supplied by the Labrador Current and containing significant amounts of Labrador Current Water are found on their inshore side. The area of the Azores front is found in the vicinity of the Comer Seamounts, where the uniform water mass distribution of the Sargasso Sea changes into a more complex structure that reflects the influence of water masses originating in the Labrador Sea. Small-scale structures, like eddies or Gulf Stream rings, are also detectable by this analysis method. Comparison with dynamic height analysis supports the circulation pattern of the North Atlantic Current as a continuation of the Gulf Stream, and of the southeastward flowing Azores Current originating in the area of the Southeast Newfoundland Rise.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/93JC00180
ISSN: 2169-9275
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 13:14
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 13:14
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/42147

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