August, 2022

202210Aug1:00 PM2:00 PMA more accurate picture of surface water mass dynamics1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Organizer: NOAA Region:OnlineTopic:Environment,Marine,Ocean Acoustics,Ocean Circulation,Surface Water MassesCost:No CostConfidence:High


Ocean Circulation is intimately tied to the movement of unique bodies of water. These bodies of water are known as water masses and they each have distinct properties and histories which can be used to fingerprint them. Their characteristics are set by interactions with the atmosphere. Once set, these characteristics remain unchanged as the water mass sinks into the ocean interior. Meaning, with a knowledge of Ocean-Atmosphere interaction we can trace these surface water masses to infer ocean circulation.

Global ocean circulation can be summarized as a progressive change in surface water buoyancy. With equatorial heating creating buoyant water masses which progressively lose their buoyancy through cooling and other atmospheric processes until, at the poles, they ultimately sink to complete a global ocean circulation cell. This surface branch of the circulation is the most crucial as this is where they are created.

Estimates of this surface arm traditionally require a direct knowledge of ocean-atmosphere interactions. However, The data describing these interactions are usually biased and prone to various uncertainties and errors. Can we infer knowledge of ocean circulation without this data. By Understanding processes forcing sea surface state changes, the use of these error-prone air-sea fluxes can be avoided allowing for a much more accurate picture of how the oceans are changing in a changing climate.


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