The Relationship between Sea Surface Temperature and Thermocline Depth in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific

  title={The Relationship between Sea Surface Temperature and Thermocline Depth in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific},
  author={Hein Zelle and Gerrian Appeldoorn and Gerrit Burgers and Geert Jan van Oldenborgh},
  journal={Journal of Physical Oceanography},
The time dependence of the local relation between sea surface temperature (SST) and thermocline depth in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean is analyzed for the period 1990‐99, using subsurface temperature measurements from the Tropical Atmosphere‐Ocean Array/Triangle Trans-Ocean Buoy Network (TAO/TRITON) buoy array. Thermocline depth anomalies lead SST anomalies in time, with a longitude-dependent delay ranging from 2 weeks in the eastern Pacific to 1 year in the central Pacific… 

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