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Annales Geophysicae An open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Ann. Geophys., 26, 395-400, 2008
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26 Mar 2008
Surface buoyancy flux in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea
G. Anitha1, M. Ravichandran1, and R. Sayanna2 1Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad, India
2Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
Abstract. The seasonal variation of thermal, haline, net surface buoyancy flux, the Monin-Obukhov length (M-O length, L) and stability parameter, i.e. the ratio of M-O length to mixed layer depth (h) were studied in the Bay of Bengal (BoB) and the Arabian Sea (AS) for the years 2003 and 2004 using Argo temperature and salinity profiles. The relative quantitative influence of winds to surface buoyancy and the applicability of scaling mixed layer using M-O length in BoB and AS was brought out. Rotation and light penetration modify the mixed layer depth from M-O length during shoaling in spring giving L/h<1.

Citation: Anitha, G., Ravichandran, M., and Sayanna, R.: Surface buoyancy flux in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, Ann. Geophys., 26, 395-400,, 2008.
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