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Study of 19-year Satellite Sea Surface Temperature Variability along the West Coast of India

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The seasonal and interannual variation of upwelling along the west coast of India between 8°N and 24°N was studied for the period 1985 through 2003 using NOAA-AVHRR sea surface temperature data. The seasonal migration of pronounced upwelling, which follows the seasonal shift of the winds in southwest monsoon period and northeast monsoon, was confined. The temporal mean sea surface temperature images clearly show the upwelling season, as does the seasonal sea surface temperature anomaly. These dominate features of the upwelling system are also the most variable, with most of the variance being explained by the seasonal cycle. Quasi-cyclic behavior of seas surface temperature on interannual scales has also been observed.

Keywords: Upwelling; advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR); sea surface temperature

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Meteorology and Oceanography, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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