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By James C. McWilliams (auth.), Catherine Gautier, Michèle Fieux (eds.)

An complicated study Workshop (ARW) subsidized through NATO and the California area Institute was once held in Corsica (France) October three to 7, 1983 to debate the function of satellite tv for pc observations within the large-scal·eoceanographic experiments, specifically these lower than dialogue (e.g., the realm Ocean circulate test, WOCE, and the Tropical Ocean and international surroundings, TOGA). This quantity relies on papers offered in the course of that assembly, summaries of the discussions of the operating teams and urged beneficial projects to be accompl ished in coaching for WOCE and TOGA. The members of the assembly made up our minds that, even though the gathering of matters mentioned within the assembly was once absolutely incomplete, the summaries of the discussions and prompt initiatives warranted being conveyed to the organizers and sponsors of WOCE and TOGA. even supposing no longer mentioned on the workshop, it was once well-known that a huge function of satellites is as info assortment and site platforms. many of the universal conclusions of the several operating teams discussions are that: 1) reviews are wanted of the sensitivity of the sea reaction to blunders in floor parameters (wind tension, warmth flux, SST etc.) in numerous actual types. those could be one of many foundation for making a choice on the accuracy standards in WOCE and TOGA.

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Surface currents Away for the equator, sea-surface topography from satellite altimetry has the potential to provide the field of surface flow. At the equator, however, currents are important because of their role in heat advection. However, the currents there are not geostrophic and the sea-surface slope cannot provide the means to estimate the currents. Sea-surface temperature Existing accuracies from satellite radiometers and from ships seem adequate for defining the large-scale patterns of SST and their anomalies.

88, C7, 4343-4354. " Direction de la Meteorologie, Notes de travail de I 'EERM 58, Avril 1983. , 1983, On the Wave Number spectrum of oceanic Mesoscale Variability observed by the SEASAT altimeter, J. Geophys. , 88, C7, 4331-4341. , 1980, Availability of th FGGE drifting buoy system data set, Deep Sea Research, 27 A, 145-J59, 1980. , 19, (12), Dec. 72, 833-846. , 1983, "Mouvements d'inertie et structure zonale des courants oceaniques equatoriaux", Compte-rendu a I 'Academie des Sciences de Paris (submitted Octobre 1983).

Intensive case studies such as MODE and POLYMODE have established that the local dynamics can be reasonably well modelled by the quasi-geostrophic equations, and the vertical eddy profiles are fairly simple. Surveys using current meters, SOFAR floats and satellite tracked surface drifters have shown that eddies with an apparently similar structure but widely varying intensity occur all over the world ocean. Eddy-resolving numerical models of the wind-driven circulation in the North Atlantic are beginning to show considerable quantitative agreement with observations, and indicate the importance of eddies induced by barotropic and baroclinic instabilities in limiting the large scale currents and density gradients.

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