Changes of sea-air interaction parameters at both sides of the Panama Canal and at the equatorial East Pacific

A. KAPALA, H. MÄCHEL, H. FLOHN

Abstract

This paper complies within the framework of our earlier studies which have dealt with recent changes of sea-air parameters and evaporation over tropical oceans. Here, based on three chosen sections - the areas on both sides of the Panama Canal and around the Galapagos Islands - we will draw a regional comparison between upwelling and warm ocean areas with regard to the variability of the selected sea-air parameters in the period 1947-1989 We examined the seasonal and annual trends, decade-to-decade changes of the averages, and the variability and relative frequency of the sea surface temperature's anomalies. Furthermore, we investigated the correlation between the individual parameters and connections between the named sections. We were able to confirm reasonably notable temporal and spatial differences in available meteorological elements.

 

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