Author : Hendry. I. Elim, Pieldrie Nanlohy*, Rayi Lalita, Nur Sahartira, Hanti Silawane, and Agus. S. Atmadipoera
Typical character of south Banda Sea based on thickness and variability in the upper limit thermocline area has been identified by studying the whole area of Banda sea using the ~7 years INDESO data recorded from 3rd March 2007 to 18th March 2014. We found from such investigation of 4 types of seasons: (1) 2nd Middle Season (2ndMS), (2) West Season (WS), (3) 1st Middle Season (1stMS), and (4) East Season (ES) happended in the area that (1) 2ndMS, and (2) WS caused by North West Monsoon (NWM), and (3) 1stMS and (4) ES affected by South East Monsoon (SEM) contributed to the understanding of the upper layer of thermocline depth closely associated with the change of season. The detail discussion of such finding especially related to sound velocity in each three different layers of mixed layer, thermocline, and below thermocline is provided in this present paper. Key words: Thickness, Variability, Thermocline, South of Banda sea, Sound velocity.
Dr. Arend L Mapanawang, Sp.PD, FINASIM, PhD