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The temperature of the upper layer of the ocean during coastal upwelling has been investigated using remote sensing data and a numerical model. The study area is a cross-section off the Northwest African coast, and the period of investigation was December 1983. Three cloud-free AVHRR GAC images have been processed and profiles of sea surface temperature extracted from the images. The numerical model is forced with daily wind stresses and the vertical and cross-shore temperature distributions have been calculated at time periods quasi coinciding with the satellite images. The different temperature distributions and their variability both in satellite images and from the numerical model are discussed.

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Authors: NYKJAER L, JRC Ispra (IT);SCHRIMPF W, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Remote Sensing Reviews, Vol. 12 (1995) pp. 41-52
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