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

J. M. Wahr, S. R. Jayne, and F. O. Bryan , A method of inferring changes in deep ocean currents from satellite measurements of time variable gravity , Journal of Geophysical Research, 2002

The NASA/Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) satellite gravity mission Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), launched in March 2002, will map the Earth’s gravity field at scales of a few hundred kilometers and greater every 30 days. We describe a method of using those gravity measurements to estimate temporal variations in deep ocean currents. We examine the probable accuracy of the current estimates by constructing synthetic GRACE data, based in part on output from an ocean general circulation model. We ignore the possible contamination caused by short-period gravity signals aliasing into the 30-day solutions. We conclude that in the absence of aliasing, GRACE should be able to recover the 30-day variability of midlatitude currents at a depth of 2 km with an error of about 6–15% in variance when smoothed with 500–700 km averaging radii.

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