Water Temperatures and Climatological Conditions South of New England, 1974-83

Armstrong, Reed S. (ed.) (1998) Water Temperatures and Climatological Conditions South of New England, 1974-83. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 134)

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From 1974 through 1983, we conducted monitoring to provide the first long-term, year-round record of sea water temperatures south of New England from surface to bottom, and from nearshore to the continental slope. Expendable bathythermograph transects were made approximately monthly during the ten years by scientists and technicians from numerous institutions, working on research vessels that traversed the continental shelf off southern New England. Ten-year (1974-83) means and variability are presented for coastal and bottom water temperatures, for mid-shelf water column temperatures, and for some atmospheric and oceanographic conditions that may influence shelf and upper-slope water temperatures. Possible applications of ocean temperature monitoring to fishery ecology are noted. Some large departures from mean conditions are discussed; particularly notable during the decade were the response of water temperatures to the passage of Gulf Stream warm-core rings, and the magnitude and persistence of shelf-water cooling associated with air temperatures in three successive very cold winters (1976-77, 1977-78, and 1978-79). (PDF file contains 51 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Water Temperatures and Climatological Conditions South of New England, 1974-83
Armstrong, Reed S.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 134
Date: 1998
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Atmospheric Sciences
Item ID: 2681
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2009 19:07
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:35
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2681

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