Autocovariance function and power spectrum of the vertical temperature gradient in the thermocline

  • Yutaka Nagata


The nature of the autocovariance function and power spectrum of time series of spike-array type is discussed. As the spacing of spikes is not easily seen directly in power spectrum, prudence should be exercised in interpreting the gradient spectrum of oceanic fine-structure. We calculated the autocovariance function and lag joint probability density of the record of the vertical profile of the vertical temperature gradient measured in the San Diego Trough. The results obtained support the results of the bispectral analysis in the previous paper (Nagata, 1978) that the predominant length scale of about 5 m has two meanings: spacing of the spikes and wavelength of a sinusoidal wave. The results seem to show the existence of nernal waves having a vertical wavelength the same as the spacing of the spikes or the thickness of the homogeneous layer in the oceanic fine-structure.


Time Series Probability Density Temperature Gradient Power Spectrum Vertical Profile 
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© Oceanographical Society of Japan 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yutaka Nagata
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  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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