Frontal Air-Sea INteraction EXperiment (FASINEX)
The HRP was used for the first time during this experiment. Thirty eight
HRP profiles were made, most to 1000 meters, to examine the mixing
around the subtropical convergence front. The HRP fine- and
microscale data was used with Neil Oakey's microstructure profiler data
to quantify turbulence. Independent CTD measurements, XBT profiles,
and data from moorings was used to to map and describe the horizontal and
vertical extent of the front. The mixing was most prominent on the anticyclonic
(warm) side of the front, in association with near-inertial wave features
in the finescale velocity profile.
Several publications used data from this cruise:
- Toole, J. M., and R. W. Schmitt, 1987. Small-scale structures in the
north-west Atlantic subtropical front. Nature,
- Schmitt, R. W., J. M. Toole, R. L. Koehler, E. C. Mellinger, and
K.W.Doherty, 1988. The development of a fine- and microstructure
profiler. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology,
- Weller, R. A., D. L. Rudnick, C. C. Eriksen, K. L. Polzin, N. S. Oakey,
J. M. Toole, R. W. Schmitt, and R. T. Pollard, 1991. Forced ocean
response during the Frontal Air-Sea Interaction Experiment.
Journal of Geophysical Research, 96(C5), 8611-8638.
- Halliwell, G. R., Jr., P. Cornillon, K. H. Brink,
R. T. Pollard, D. L. Evans, L. A. Reiger, J. M. Toole, and R. W. Schmitt,
1991. Descriptive oceanography during the Frontal Air-Sea Interaction
Experiment: Medium- to large-scale variability. Journal
of Geophysical Research, 96(C5), 8553-8567.
- Polzin, K., J. M. Toole, and R. W. Schmitt, 1995. Finescale parameterizations
of turbulent dissipation. Journal of Physical Oceanography,
25 (3), 306--328.
- Polzin, K. L., N.S. Oakey, J. M. Toole and R. W. Schmitt, 1996.
Fine- and microstructure characteristics across the northwest Atlantic
subtropical front. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101
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