The CLIMODE Field Campaign Observing the Cycle of Convection and Restratification over the Gulf Stream
Author(s)Thomas, L.; Talley, L.; Silverthorne, K.; Skyllingstad, E.; Samelson, R.; Lumpkin, R.; Palter, J.; Lozier, S.; Kelly, K.; Gregg, M.; Edson, J.; Weller, R.; Toole, J.; Straneo, F.; Joyce, T.; Fratantoni, D.; Doney, Scott C.; Dewar, W.; Bates, N.; Andersson, A.; Maze, Guillaume O.; Forget, Gael; Ferrari, Raffaele; Marshall, John C.; ... Show more Show less
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A major oceanographic field experiment is described, which is designed to observe, quantify, and understand the creation and dispersal of weakly stratified fluid known as “mode water” in the region of the Gulf Stream. Formed in the wintertime by convection driven by the most intense air–sea fluxes observed anywhere over the globe, the role of mode waters in the general circulation of the subtropical gyre and its biogeo-chemical cycles is also addressed. The experiment is known as the CLIVAR Mode Water Dynamic Experiment (CLIMODE). Here we review the scientific objectives of the experiment and present some preliminary results.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
American Meteorological Society
Marshall, J. et al. “The CLIMODE Field Campaign: Observing the Cycle of Convection and Restratification over the Gulf Stream.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 90.9 (2009): 1337-1350. © 2009 American Meteorological Society.
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