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dc.contributor.authorBatteen, Mary L.
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Curtis A.
dc.contributor.authorGunderson, Christopher R.
dc.contributor.authorNelson, Craig S.
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-21T01:03:15Z
dc.date.available2015-10-21T01:03:15Z
dc.date.issued1995-05-15
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 100, No. C5, pp. 8733-8749, May 15, 1995en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47163
dc.description.abstractThere are some indications that in large measure the density anomaly field of the California Current system (CCS) follows temperature, salinity playing a significantly lesser role. These indications have been used as justification for not taking as extensive salinity as temperature observations in the CCS, as well as for using fixed or prescribed salinity fields in density calculations in dynamic models of the CCS. An extensive data base of temperature-salinity observations from the CCS is used to show that there are noticeable differences between the dynamic height field calculated with and without the inclusion of salinity variations. Hence the distribution of salinity is important in defining the large-scale circulation of the CCS. In particular, owing to the combined effect of temperature and salinity on density, the dynamic height fields show a significant equatorward component along the coast of California and a strong offshore component adjacent to Baja California. Based on these observations, it is concluded that descriptively and dynamically, both temperature and salinity are essential to accurately characterize the large-scale structure of the CCS.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was done in the Department of Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School under the support of the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe effect of salinity on density in the California Current systemen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentOceanographyen_US


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