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.

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

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

Disciplines

Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography, Atmosphere, Biological oceanography

Keywords

MLD, mixed layer, thermocline, stratification, Mediterranean Sea, upper-ocean

Location

47.423141N, 28.859882S, 42.359567E, -5.623656W

Data

FileSizeFormatProcessingAccess
46387.nc
12 MoNetCDFQuality controlled data
How to cite
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

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