Chapter Ten

Pacific Ocean

Data files supplied for Chapter 10 exercises:

  • Pacific_sections: →
      • P16_1991_1992: →
        • P16_1991_1992_heavydeci_CTD.joa
      • P04_1989: →
        • P04_1989_bottle.joa
      • P14_1992_1996: →
        • P14_1992_1996_clean_bottle.joa
        • P14_1992_1996_clean_CTD.joa
      • P02_2004: →
        • P02_2004_clean_bottle.joa
      • P17_1991_1992_1993: →
        • P17_1991_92_93_bottle.joa
      • P10_2005: →
        • P10_2005_clean_bottle_incomplete.joa
        • P10_2005_clean_CTD.joa
      • P18_2007: →
        • P18_2007_clean_bottle.joa
        • P18_2007_clean_CTD.joa
      • P06_2003: →
        • P06_2003_clean_bottle.joa
      • P21_1994: →
        • P21_1994_bottle.joa
      • P03_1985: →
        • P03_1985_bottle.joa
      • P19_1993: →
        • P19_1993_bottle.joa
      • P16_2005_2006: →
        • P16_2005_2006_bottle_clean.joa
        • P16_2005_2007_heavydeci_CTD.joa
        • P16S_2005_2006_CTD.joa
      • P01_1985_1993: →
        • P01_1985_1993_clean_CTD.joa
        • P01W_1985_1993_clean_bottle.joa
      • P17N_2001: →
        • P17N_2001_clean_bottle.joa
      • P11_1993: →
        • P11_1993_bottle.joa
      • P06_1992: →
        • P06_1992_bottle.joa
      • WOA_copies_of_Pacific_sections: →
        • P02_WOA05.joa
        • P16_WOA09.joa
  • WOA98_heavideci_basin_global_gridded_data: →
    • WOA98_heavydeci_Pacific.poa
  • WOA_decimated_basin_global_gridded_data: →
    • WOA05_decimated_North_Pacific.joa
    • WOA05_decimated_Pacific.joa
    • WOA05_decimated_South_Pacific.joa
  • WOA_basin_global_gridded_data: →
    • WOA05_North_Pacific.joa
    • WOA05_South_Pacific.joa
Download: Chapter 10 Data Files

Goals:

  • Understand the water masses, circulation and other aspects of descriptive physical oceanography of the Pacific Ocean & its marginal seas

To accomplish this, one will:

  • Learn to extract data subsets from map plots
  • Learn how to use advanced JOA tools for working with basin-scale data sets

Tools

  • JOA Section Editor
  • Interpolations Options dialog box

target

Fig 10i-01 Pacific sections map

DPO Chapter 10 Sections:

DPO JOA examples are available for the following highlighted sections:
10.1 Introduction and overview
10.2 Wind and buoyancy forcing
10.3 North Pacific circulation
10.3.1 Subtropical circulation
10.3.1.1 General description
10.3.1.2 The Kuroshio and Kuroshio Extension
10.3.1.3 North Pacific Current and mid-latitude fronts
10.3.1.4 California Current System
10.3.1.5 North Equatorial Current
10.3.1.6 Depth dependence of the subtropical circulation
10.3.2 Subpolar circulation
10.3.2.1 General description
10.3.2.2 Subpolar western boundary currents
10.3.2.3 Circulation in the Gulf of Alaska
10.4 South Pacific circulation
10.4.1 Subtropical circulation
10.4.1.1 East Australian Current
10.4.1.2 South Pacific Current and Subtropical Front
10.4.1.3 Northward flow of the subtropical gyre and the Peru-Chile Current System
10.4.1.4 South Equatorial Current
10.5 Pacific Ocean mesoscale eddy variability
10.6 Depth dependence of the Pacific Ocean circulation and meridional overturn
10.7 Tropical Pacific circulation and water properties
10.7.1 Introduction
10.7.2 Tropical wind and buoyancy forcing
10.7.3 Equatorial Pacific current structure
10.7.3.1 Zonal currents and associated mid-ocean meridional flows
10.7.3.2 Zonal structure of the equatorial currents
10.7.3.3 Equatorial upwelling and biological productivity
10.7.4 Low latitude western boundary currents
10.7.5 Equatorial property distributions
10.7.6 Intraseasonal and seasonal variability
10.8 El Niño/ La Niña and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
10.8.1 El Niño/La Niña description
10.8.2 ENSO mechanisms
10.9 Pacific Ocean water masses
10.9.1 Pacific Ocean upper waters
10.9.2 Intermediate waters
10.9.2.1 North Pacific Intermediate Water
10.9.1.2 Antarctic Intermediate Water
10.9.3 Deep waters
10.9.4 Bottom water (Lower Circumpolar Deep Water)
10.10 Decadal climate variability and climate change
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