Figure 7. MLD on the equator, observed and modeled

Mixed layer depth on the equator. Black: MLD according to the Schneider (1996) energy balance model, estimated from the ratio of initial model to observed SST variance (compare the equatorial values of Fig. 3 of S96). Red: observed mean values of MLD from the TAO buoys, where MLD is defined as the depth where the temperature is 0.5C lower than the SST.
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