A Short Note on the Temperature Structure Across Drake Passage


E.E. Hofmann, O. Polyakov, J.M. Klinck, and R. C. Beardsley



This note describes temperature distributions measured with XBT and XCTD probes during the Drake Passage crossings made at the start and end of each SO GLOBEC survey cruise.  The temperature distributions show variability in the location of the Polar Front as well as rings and meanders associated with the Polar Front.  The temperature sections also show the upper 1000-m water mass distribution across Drake Passage which allows the development of the Winter Water layer to be described.  The sections are compared to existing climatologies of temperature distribution across Drake Passage.




Title, abstract, and author list received on 06/23/05.