Site L SOFAR float experiment, 1982-1985

dc.contributor.author Price, James F.
dc.contributor.author McKee, Theresa K.
dc.contributor.author Owens, W. Brechner
dc.contributor.author Valdes, James R.
dc.coverage.spatial Gulf Stream
dc.coverage.spatial Sargasso Sea
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T19:15:23Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T19:15:23Z
dc.date.issued 1987-12
dc.description.abstract Lagrangian measurements of low frequency currents in the vicinity of the Gulf Stream and its recirculation region in the western Sargasso Sea were made by tracking SOFAR floats. These floats were tracked using acoustic time of arrival information from an array of five Autonomous Listening Stations {ALSs) which were moored in the western Sargasso Sea. The ALSs performed almost flawlessly, returning over 90 percent of the possible data. Floats were released in three deployments of seven floats each in November 1982, February 1983, and June 1983. The floats were launched in initially coherent arrays (approximately 20 km spacing) at 34°N, 70°W, Site "L", and were ballasted for 700 m depth. The SOFAR floats themselves functioned with somewhat less than expected reliability; four floats failed fairly soon after launch, and several other floats suffered failures of their temperature and pressure telemetry. The majority of the SOFAR floats launched in this program produced long, and interesting trajectories. These new data will be valuable for estimating first order flow statistics in the dynamically important recirculation region, for visualizing interactions between the Gulf Stream and the New England Seamount Chain, and for estimating one and two particle diffusivities in a region of very high eddy energy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation under grant Number OCE 81-17 467. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Price, J. F., McKee, T. K., Owens, W. B., & Valdes, J. R. (1987). Site L SOFAR float experiment, 1982-1985. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. https://doi.org/10.1575/1912/7602
dc.identifier.doi 10.1575/1912/7602
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1912/7602
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WHOI Technical Reports en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WHOI-87-52 en_US
dc.subject Oceanographic buoys en_US
dc.subject Ocean circulation en_US
dc.title Site L SOFAR float experiment, 1982-1985 en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
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