Articles | Volume 26, issue 3
26 Mar 2008
 | 26 Mar 2008

Surface buoyancy flux in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea

G. Anitha, M. Ravichandran, and R. Sayanna

Abstract. The seasonal variation of thermal, haline, net surface buoyancy flux, the Monin-Obukhov length (M-O length, L) and stability parameter, i.e. the ratio of M-O length to mixed layer depth (h) were studied in the Bay of Bengal (BoB) and the Arabian Sea (AS) for the years 2003 and 2004 using Argo temperature and salinity profiles. The relative quantitative influence of winds to surface buoyancy and the applicability of scaling mixed layer using M-O length in BoB and AS was brought out. Rotation and light penetration modify the mixed layer depth from M-O length during shoaling in spring giving L/h<1.