ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS ALONG AN ICEBERG TOW ROUTE IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

It is apparent from the environmental factors matrix that some factors are more forecastable than others, and that the environmental baseline is greater for some than others. It should be noted that this paper rates ocean eddies, surface waves, surface currents, and oceanic fronts as important factors about which our knowledge or forecasting ability or both are deficient. That this is the case is not surprising since these are small or medium scale features that routine oceanographic surveys do not delineate very well. Oceanographic surveys often have distances between stations of 100 km and a typical separation between lines of stations of 500 km. In order to get sufficient data for an analysis of the gross structure, data from many years may be combined. Such an approach makes it impossible to document mesoscale features, like eddies with horizontal dimensions of a few hundred kilometers.

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  • Accession Number: 00325812
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM