Mean hydrography on the continental shelf from 26 repeat glider deployments along Southeastern Australia

Amandine Schaeffer*, Moninya Roughan, Tim Austin, Jason D. Everett, David Griffin, Ben Hollings, Edward King, Alessandra Mantovanelli, Stuart Milburn, Benedicte Pasquer, Charitha Pattiaratchi, Robin Robertson, Dennis Stanley, Iain Suthers, Dana White

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Since 2008, 26 glider missions have been undertaken along the continental shelf of southeastern Australia. Typically these missions have spanned the continental shelf on the inshore edge of the East Australian Current from 29.5-33.5°S. This comprehensive dataset of over 33,600 CTD profiles from the surface to within 10 m of the bottom in water depths ranging 25-200 m provides new and unprecedented high resolution observations of the properties of the continental shelf waters adjacent to a western boundary current, straddling the region where it separates from the coast. The region is both physically and biologically significant, and is also in a hotspot of ocean warming. We present gridded mean fields for temperature, salinity and density, but also dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll-a fluorescence indicative of phytoplankton biomass. This data will be invaluable for understanding shelf stratification, circulation, biophysical and bio-geochemical interactions, as well as for the validation of high-resolution ocean models or serving as teaching material.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160070
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalScientific Data
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

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