Strong Current Events Related to a Subtropical Front in the Northeast Atlantic.

Siedler, Gerold, Zenk, Walter and Emery, W. J. (1985) Strong Current Events Related to a Subtropical Front in the Northeast Atlantic. Open Access Journal of Physical Oceanography, 15 (7). pp. 885-897. DOI 10.1175/1520-0485(1985)015<0885:SCERTA>2.0.CO;2.

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Long-term temperature and current-meter records from moorings in the northern Canary Basin display strong current events with time scales between one and three months and large vertical scales of several thousand meters. The data are compared to hydrographic surveys in the area that show a meandering subtropical front. The strong current events are found to be related to the passage of the front through the mooring positions. An analysis of composite time series, for selected depths, indicates cases of westward and of eastward propagation of frontal meanders. The frontal pattern is also found in geopotential anomalies inferred from historical XBT data sets, suggesting that the front is a persistent feature of the density field. In two cases strong current events appear to be related to a Mediterranean Water lens.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Physical oceanography
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1175/1520-0485(1985)015<0885:SCERTA>2.0.CO;2
ISSN: 0022-3670
Projects: SFB133
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 12:01
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 10:00

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