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https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-1-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-1-2016
Research article
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14 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 14 Jan 2016

Spatial scales of temperature and salinity variability estimated from Argo observations

F. Ninove, P.-Y. Le Traon, E. Remy, and S. Guinehut

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Argo floats are one of the main components of the in situ observation network in the ocean. Nowadays, more than 3500 profiling floats are sampling the world ocean. In this study, they are used to characterize spatial scales of temperature and salinity variations from the surface down to 1500m. The scales appear to be anisotropic and vary from about 100km at high latitudes to 700km in the Indian and Pacific equatorial and tropical regions.