Estimation of the barrier layer thickness in the Indian Ocean using Aquarius Salinity.

Show simple item record Felton, C.S. Subrahmanyam, B. Murty, V.S.N Shriver, J.F. 2014-10-09T12:41:13Z 2014-10-09T12:41:13Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Geophysical Research (C: Oceans), vol.119(7); 2014; 4200-4213.
dc.description.abstract Monthly barrier layer thickness (BLT) estimates are derived from satellite measurements using a multilinear regression model (MRM) within the Indian Ocean. Sea surface salinity (SSS) from the recently launched Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and Aquarius SAC-D salinity missions are utilized to estimate the BLT. The MRM relates BLT to sea surface salinity (SSS), sea surface temperature (SST), and sea surface height anomalies (SSHA). Three regions where the BLT variability is most rigorous are selected to evaluate the performance of the MRM for 2012; the Southeast Arabian Sea (SEAS), Bay of Bengal (BoB), and Eastern Equatorial Indian Ocean (EEIO). The MRM derived BLT estimates are compared to gridded Argo and Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) BLTs. It is shown that different mechanisms are important for sustaining the BLT variability in each of the selected regions. Sensitivity tests show that SSS is the primary driver of the BLT within the MRM. Results suggest that salinity measurements obtained from Aquarius and SMOS can be useful for tracking and predicting the BLT in the Indian Ocean. Largest MRM errors occur along coastlines and near islands where land contamination skews the satellite SSS retrievals. The BLT evolution during 2012, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the current model are discussed. BLT estimations using HYCOM simulations display large errors that are related to model layer structure and the selected BLT methodology.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher American Geophysical Union
dc.rights An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright [2012] AGU. To view the published open abstract, go to
dc.subject barrier layer
dc.subject surface salinity
dc.subject surface temperature
dc.title Estimation of the barrier layer thickness in the Indian Ocean using Aquarius Salinity.
dc.type Journal Article

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