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17 May 2006
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Interannual variations of water mass properties and volumes in the Southern Ocean
M. Tomczak and S. Liefrink School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, the Flinders University of South Australia, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia
Abstract. Time-resolving optimum multi-parameter (TROMP) analysis is used to study interannual variability of water mass properties in the Southern Ocean in a section between Antarctica and Tasmania for the period 1991–1996. Water mass properties were stable during 1994–1996 but showed departures from their 1994-1996 values during 1991 and 1993. TROMP analysis is unable to quantify the interannual variation in detail, but it is shown that interannual variability does not invalidate the findings of a previous study that was based on the assumption of time-invariable water mass properties and suggested large interannual fluctuations in the water mass volumes south of Tasmania.

Citation: Tomczak, M. and Liefrink, S.: Interannual variations of water mass properties and volumes in the Southern Ocean, Ocean Sci. Discuss., 3, 199-219,, 2006.
M. Tomczak and S. Liefrink
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