Acronym for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment program, a
component of the WCRP that is a cooperative
scientific effort by more than 30 nations to provide essential strategic
research on ocean circulation. The primary goals of WOCE are (1) to develop
models useful for predicting climate change and to collect the data
necessary to test them and (2) to determine the representativeness of
the specific WOCE data sets for the long-term behavior of the
ocean, and to find methods for determining long-term changes
on time scales from ten to one hundred years. The field phase of
the program is from 1990 to 1997 and the analysis, interpretation,
modeling and synthesis (AIMS) phase continues until the year 2002.
Some WOCE observations will be continued by the
For more information see the
U.S. WOCE Office Web site, the
WOCE International Project Office (IPO), the
WOCE Hydrographic Program Office (WHP), or the
WOCE Data Information Unit (DIU).
The Warm Ring Inertial Circle Layer Experiment took place in March 1990
in the northwest Atlantic between 37-45 N and
The goal of the experiment was to investigate the rates and types
of mixing associated with a Gulf Stream warm core ring.
A high resolution profiler (HRP) was used to complete 78 profiles
in and around one warm core ring during a 21 day cruise, with
the complete depth of the ring resolved by profiling to 1000 m.
The HRP measurements were accompanied by 26 CTD profiles,
55 expendable current profiler (XCP) profiles,
a Richardson Number float deployment, and two XBT surveys to
precisely define the position of the ring.
See Kunze et al. (1995) and
Schmitt and Montgomery (1991).
Wyrtki Center for Climate Research and Prediction (WCCRP)
A research center established at JIMAR
whose mission is to conduct research on the predictability of
the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land system, to develop the
methods for making predictions of the evolution of this system,
and to make experimental predictions to determine their
usefulness. The focus of WCCRP is on the Asian-Australian
Monsoon system and its interactions with
WCCRP Web site.