thermocline


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thermocline

[′thər·mə‚klīn]
(geophysics)
A temperature gradient as in a layer of sea water, in which the temperature decrease with depth is greater than that of the overlying and underlying water. Also known as metalimnion.
A layer in a thermally stratified body of water in which such a gradient occurs.
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Even so with the heating of the surface layer, the subsurface layer and the thermocline lost heat (process similar to the observed in S2), giving as a result negative heat storage.
The boundary between these two zones is the thermocline, defined as the depth of the maximum temperature gradient.
A model constructed by the authors also indicates important direct flow of thermocline water through the ocean interior, confined to the far western Pacific (away from the low-latitude western boundary currents) along 10 [degrees] N.
One tow was made at each pelagic station from the thermocline (estimated with a thermistor) to the surface (epilimnion sample).
The thermocline forms at the top initially and slowly moves down to the bottom at the end of a discharge cycle.
The thermocline was found around 80-100 m in January, reaching the shallowest depth in October (40-70 m).
5 [micro]mol/L, with a tendency to be higher below the thermocline.
The phase speed of this wave decreased east of approximately 100[degrees]E, consistent with the shoaling of the mean thermocline and its effects on baroclinic wave speeds (Giese and Harrison 1990).
Periods of heightened surface-oriented behavior directly aligned with the months in which waters in Southern California exhibit the greatest degree of thermal stratification, with a relatively strong and shallow thermocline present from May to September throughout the region (Cairns and LaFond, 1966).
The x-axis for the chilled water graphs is the location of the thermocline in the TES tank.
You need to factor in what the temperature is where the walleyes are living, though: The surface temperature may be a tepid 84[degrees]F, but chances are, the 'eyes are hanging out in the thermocline at an ideal 70[degrees]F.