Two years of temperature, salinity, current, and nutrient data were collected on
four subsurface moorings as part of the 2 year field component of the CLIMODE
experiment. The moorings were located in North Atlantic’s subtropical gyre, south-east
of the Gulf Stream. Two moorings, the most heavily instrumented, were close to the Gulf
Stream, in the region where cold air outbreaks force large air-sea fluxes and where
Eighteen Degree Water outcrops. Two other moorings were located farther south and
carried more limited instrumentation. The moorings were initially deployed in November
of 2005, turned around in November of 2006 and finally recovered in November of 2007.
During the first year, the moorings close to the Gulf Stream suffered considerable blow
down, and some of the instruments failed. During the second year, the blow down was
greatly reduced and most instruments collected a full year worth of data.