RU-15 Temperature Synoptic 10/19-10/21
This is Ru-15's temperature data from 10-19-2011 to 10-21-2011. There is a noticeable thermocline, boundary between warmer water and colder water, that forms at about 15 meters in depth. As Ru-15 journeys through 10-21-2011, there seems to be a mixing of of the cool and warm water. This could be the result of wind or storms that happened on that day. The mixing of temperatures within layers is a phenomenon known as stratification. Stratification is crucial for the ocean ecosystem. Nutrients at the bottom are brought to the surface and oxygen is transferred to deeper surfaces.