Correlation of ocean mass and temperature fluxes among hydrographic sections in the southern oceans
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 2001 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 28, Issue 10, pages 2049–2052, 15 May 2001
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 FEB 2001
- Manuscript Received: 10 OCT 2000
Two dominant correlations of ocean mass and temperature fluxes are found among distant hydrographic sections in the southern ocean. Mass transports are highly correlated among sections crossing the Antarctic Circumpolar Current at Drake Passage, south of Africa, and south of Australia, while there is a smaller temperature transport correlation among these sections. A second correlation is found in the mass and temperature fluxes between subtropical sections across the Indian and Pacific Oceans via south of Australia, and a temperature flux correlation between the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans via south of Africa. Knowledge of the property flux correlation among distant hydrographic sections provides information on the role of the Southern Ocean in the global overturning circulation.