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Fluctuations in the surface temperature and surface salinity of the north-east Atlantic at frequencies of one cycle per year and below
Taylor, A.H. (1983). Fluctuations in the surface temperature and surface salinity of the north-east Atlantic at frequencies of one cycle per year and below. J. Climatol. 3(3): 253-269
In: Journal of Climatology. Royal Meteorological Society. ISSN 0196-1748, more

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Keywords
    Distribution; Heat transfer; Surface salinity; Surface temperature; Time series; Water circulation; Water masses; Marine

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  • Taylor, A.H.

Abstract
    Time-series of monthly sea surface temperature and salinity data (1951-1974) from stations in the N.E. Atlantic were investigated by calculating cross-spectra using the method of maximum entropy analysis. The temperature and salinity data were also compared with surface heat-flux and evaporation time-series and wind observations. The main features are in particular, the close synchronism of the temperature cycle across the region. In addition, the results show that: variations in the seasonal flux of low salinity water led to short period anomalous salinity values, salinity and temperature anomalies tended to drift with the surface currents, and salinity and temperature changes at the lowest frequencies were caused by displacements of water masses which do not seem to have been forced locally.

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