A preliminary model study of the large-scale seasonal cycle in bottom pressure over the global ocean

Author: Rui M. Ponte
Date: 
September 10, 1998
Type: 
Journal Article
Venue: 
Journal of Geophysical Research
Citation: 

Ponte, R. M. (1999), A preliminary model study of the large-scale seasonal cycle in bottom pressure over the global ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 104(C1), 1289–1300, doi:10.1029/1998JC900028.

Output from the primitive equation model of Semtner and Chervin [1992] is used to examine the seasonal cycle in bottom pressure pb over the global ocean. Effects of the volume-conserving formulation of the model on the calculation of pb are considered. The estimated seasonal, large-scale pb signals have amplitudes ranging from less than 1 cm over most of the deep ocean to several centimeters over shallow, boundary regions. Variability generally increases toward the western sides of the basins and is also larger in some Southern Ocean regions. An oscillation between subtropical and higher latitudes in the North Pacific is clear. Comparison with barotropic simulations indicates that, on basin scales, seasonal pb variability is related to barotropic dynamics and the seasonal cycle in Ekman pumping and results from a small, net residual in mass divergence from the balance between Ekman and Sverdrup flows.

 

Presented at WOCE Conference on Ocean Circulation and Climate, Halifax in May of 1998.

Ponte, R.M., 1998: A preliminary model study of the large-scale seasonal cycle in bottom pressure over the global ocean. WOCE Conference on Ocean Circulation and Climate, Halifax, May 1998.