Gridded climatology of the Mixed Layer (Depth and Temperature), the bottom of the Seasonal Thermocline (Depth and Temperature), and the upper-ocean Heat Storage Rate for the Mediterrean Sea.

Date 2015-03
Temporal extent 1969 -2013
Author(s) Houpert LORCID1, Testor PORCID2, Durrieu De Madron XORCID3
Affiliation(s) 1 : SAMS, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, UK
2 : Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ. Paris 06,-CNRS-IRD-MNHN, UMR 7159, Laboratoire d’Océanographie et de Climatologie, IPSL, Paris, France
3 : CEFREM, CNRS-UPVD, UMR 5110, Perpignan, France
DOI 10.17882/46532
Publisher SEANOE
Keyword(s) MLD, mixed layer, thermocline, stratification, Mediterranean Sea, upper-ocean
Abstract

These monthly gridded climatology were produced using MBT, XBT, Profiling floats, Gliders, and ship-based CTD data from different database and carried out in the Med. between 1969 and 2013.

The Mixed Layer Depth (MLD) is calculated with a delta T= 0.1 C criterion relative to 10m reference level on individual profiles. The Depth of the Bottom of the Seasonal Thermocline (DBST) is calculated on individual profiles as the maximum value from a vector composed of two elements: 1) the depth of the temperature minimum in the upper 200m; 2) the MLD. This double criterion for the calculation of DBST is necessary in areas where the mixed layer exceed 200m depth. DBST is the integration depth used in the calculation of the upper-ocean Heat Storage Rate.

For more details about the data and the methods used, see: Houpert et al. 2015, Seasonal cycle of the mixed layer, the seasonal thermocline and the upper-ocean heat storage rate in the Mediterranean Sea derived from observations, Progress in Oceanography, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2014.11.004

Licence CC-BY-SA
Utilisation In addition to properly cite this data set, it would be appreciated that the work of Houpert et al. [2015] (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2014.11.004) be mentioned, when using this data set in a publication. It is the sole responsibility of the user to assess if the data are appropriate for his/her use, and to interpret the data, data quality, and data accuracy accordingly. Authors welcome users to ask questions and report problems.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2014.11.004

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Houpert L, Testor P, Durrieu De Madron X (2015). Gridded climatology of the Mixed Layer (Depth and Temperature), the bottom of the Seasonal Thermocline (Depth and Temperature), and the upper-ocean Heat Storage Rate for the Mediterrean Sea. SEANOE. https://doi.org/10.17882/46532