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treis
11-20-2005, 07:11 PM
My google-fu has thus far been lacking so I hope the SDMB can help. I am looking for the temperature of the Oceans or other large body of water as a function of depth. Thanks in advanced.

Blake
11-20-2005, 07:22 PM
My google-fu has thus far been lacking so I hope the SDMB can help. I am looking for the temperature of the Oceans or other large body of water as a function of depth. Thanks in advanced.

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=temperature+profile+ocean&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

kanicbird
11-20-2005, 07:22 PM
Don't have the answer as for a ft per degree, but the top layers have sections of different temps that have sharp breaks. The top most is usually called a theromcline, while others are called thermoclines or thermo layers. Submariens usually hide just below this layers as the layer reflects sonar and thus can hide another reflective item. Also IIRC once you get to a certain depth the temp is basically uniform.

Blake
11-20-2005, 07:27 PM
http://images.google.com.au/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=temperature+depth+ocean&btnG=Search

treis
11-20-2005, 07:30 PM
Thank you Blake, you get a gold star.

Soylent Gene
11-21-2005, 12:43 AM
Thank you Blake, you get a gold star.

Except those two cites seem to contradict each other. The first seems about right. Though I remember from oceanography class years ago that the deep ocean is a little colder (about 31 to 32 degrees).

I'm not sure if I beleive that second cite about the temperature rising after 3000M.

Soylent Gene
11-21-2005, 12:46 AM
this is the wierd one I was talking about here (http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/nov2000/975264112.Eg.r.html)
(It's one of the links within the second web site given by Blake)

d1a1s1
11-21-2005, 01:00 AM
There is no definate Degree/FT in the ocean. There are many factors that effect the temperature of the water...the main ones being season, location, and currents. The main thermocline is actually the depth where temperature begins to change which extends very deep...depending on total water depth and again location, season,...blah blah blah. If you are looking for a temperature of a certain are then it would be easier. There are many sources for this information which I have unlimited access to.

treis
11-21-2005, 01:31 AM
Thanks for the offer but I don't need anything that specific, just a reasonably good estimate. Blake's site should do smashingly for that.