Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Steven R. Jayne

»Sc.D. Thesis
»Recirculation gyres in a beta-plane jet
»Forcing and sampling of ocean models
»Thermohaline circulation - sea ice feedback
»Recirculation forced by an unstable jet
»Tidal dissipation over rough topography
»Dynamics of ocean heat transport variability
»Deep ocean currents from GRACE
»Estimates of tidally-driven mixing
»Millennial climate variability
»Oceanic eddy heat transport
»Ocean heat content from GRACE
»Tidally-driven mixing in an ocean model
»Ocean bathymetry and Earth's climate
»Bathymetry from space
»Subtropical mode water during KESS
»North Atlantic Ocean circulation from GRACE
»Subtropical mode water in the Kuroshio Extension
»Tidal mixing during the Last Glacial Maximum
»Kuroshio northern recirculation gyre
»Bottom pressure in KESS and GRACE
»Ocean model metrics
»Abyssal mixing in CCSM
»Kuroshio Extension jet and transport
»The Morphology of Steve

S. R. Jayne, J. M. Wahr, and F. O. Bryan , Observing ocean heat content using satellite gravity and altimetry , Journal of Geophysical Research, 2003

A method for combining satellite altimetry observations with satellite measurements of the Earth’s time-varying gravity to give improved estimates of the ocean’s heat storage is presented. Over the ocean the time-variable component of the geoid can be related to the time-varying bottom pressure. The methodology of estimating the ocean’s time-varying heat storage using altimetric observations alone is modified to include observations of bottom pressure. A detailed error analysis of the methodology is undertaken. It is found that the inclusion of bottom pressure improves the ocean heat storage estimates. The improvement comes from a better estimation of the steric sea surface height by the inclusion of bottom pressure in the calculation, over using the altimeter-observed sea surface height alone. On timescales of the annual cycle and shorter the method works particularly well. However, long-timescale changes in the heat storage are poorly reproduced because of deficiencies in the methodology and the presence of contaminating signals in the bottom pressure observations.

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