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Bottom temperature time series recorded beneath the Gulf Stream at 265 and 589 m depth off the Georgia coast are compared with simultaneous time series of main thermocline depth determined from inverted echo sounder and bottom pressure gauge records at the same sites. Bottom temperature is found to be coherent with vertical displacement of the thermocline, suggesting that bottom temperature under the Gulf Stream front is a potentially useful indicator of Gulf Stream displacement. Additional evidence is provided by the similarity of bottom temperature and thermocline depth coherences with longshore current at the shelf break. Bottom temperature at the deeper station appears to be the better indicator of Gulf Stream meandering for periods longer than five days.
Li, L., & Wimbush, M. (1985). Bottom Temperatures Related to Gulf Stream Displacement off the Southeast United States Shelf. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 2(2), 90-94. doi: 10.1175/1520-0426(1985)0022.0.CO;2
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/1520-0426(1985)0022.0.CO;2