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The EQUALANT99 experiment: in situ and satellite data for surface circulation in the tropical Atlantic

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In summer 1999, an extensive survey of the tropical Atlantic ocean was operated during the EQUALANT99 cruise. Several experiments were carried out on board including, for the first time in that area, eXpendable Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (XCTD) launches. The aim of this experiment was first to evaluate XCTD temperature and salinity profiles, and secondly to check how XCTD could be used together with altimetric satellite missions in order to capture a good picture of the tropical Atlantic surface circulation.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: IRD/LODYC UMR 7617 CNRS/IRD/UPMC/MNHN, 4 place Jussieu, Tour 15-2eme, Case 100 75252 Paris cedex 05 France 2: IRD/LEGOS/GRGS 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31401 Toulouse cedex 4 France 3: Centre IRD de Brest B.P. 70, 29280 Plouzané France 4: Centre IRD de Nouméa B.P. A5, 98848 Nouméa cedex Nouvelle Calédonie 5: Université de Cocody, UFR SSMT, 22 B.P. 582, Abidjan, République de Côte d'lvoire

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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