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isohaline


is a contour (or line) of constant salinity. One approach to analyze ocean data is to the plot the value of salinity, for example, as a function of either longitude, latitude, depth, distance from coast, or along your transect. Oceanographers then connect all locations where salinity is constant, say 35 parts per thousand, by drawing a line or surf [..]
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Physical oceanography


is the study of the mechanics and thermodyanicms of the ocean and its coastal seas. Physical oceanographers study and model many different types waves (sound waves, storm-generated waves and breaking waves on the beach, internal waves, inertial waves, tsunamis, nonlinear waves such as solitons, and planetary waves known as Rossby waves), average oc [..]
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isobar


is a contour (or line) of constant pressure. Meteorologist study maps of isobars to predict the weather.
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Intermediate water


is found at great depths in the world's oceans. Intermediate water lies above the deepest bottom waters and is the result of sinking water that does not have sufficient density to make it all the way to the bottom. Examples include Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW) with a salinity of 34.2 and temperatures between 2 and 4 C. AAIW is a subpola [..]
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z


is ususally used to represent the vertical coordinate for depth in the ocean. A depth of 100 m is z =-100 m.
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y


is ususally used to represent latitude or position in the south to north direction.
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XCTD


is the acronym for an eXpendable version of the CTD (see above).
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XCP


is the acronym for an eXpendable Current Profiler. These probes can be launched out of planes. XCPs and XCTD have been launched by hurricane hunters. Click here for a series of experiments by Dr. Nick Shay studying the air-sea interaction of hurricanes and the ocean
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XBT


is the acronym for eXpendable Bathy-Thermagraph. The probe can be launched from a moving ship and measures the temperature of the sea water as it falls through the water. Many of these probes measured vertical profiles of temperature for depths from the surface down to 200 - 1500 m depending on which model probe.
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x


is ususally used to represent longitude or position in the west to east direction.
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