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Power spectra of temperature and salinity fluctuations in the slope water off Cape Hatteras

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Eleven STD stations by lowering and raising the sensor were occupied about 170 n. miles northeast of Cape Hatteras in June, 1968. The stations were located in the slope water region covered by the upper warm water from the Gulf Stream. Power spectra of temperature and salinity fluctuations at 1-meter depth intervals were computed versus vertical wave numbers for the upper layer (5–320 m) and lower layer (320–1000 m) at each station. The power law coefficients of the spectra about the vertical wave number are between −5/3 and −3. These coefficients indicate that the temperature and salinity fluctuations are influenced by stratification as well as by turbulence.

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Ichiye, T. Power spectra of temperature and salinity fluctuations in the slope water off Cape Hatteras. PAGEOPH 96, 205–216 (1972). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00875643

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