1. Monthly climatologic fields of water temperature and salinity
We have built a monthly climatologic field of water temperature and salinity in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region with extension to cover the Mid Atlantic Bight. The data source comes from 1) Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) hydrographic database, 2) NMFS hydrographic database, 3) US GLOBEC/GB hydrographic database and 4) the New England shelf-break hydrographic database created by C. Linder, and G. G. Gawarkiewicz at WHOI. All data were first processed with quality control and then averaged in a regular 10x10 km2 box. To resolve the sharp cross-isobath gradient of water temperature and salinity related to the shelf break front, a vectorized averaging with a long-correlation scale along the isobath a short-correlation scale across the isobath was conducted in the shelf break region.