The complex spreading pattern of Mediterranean Water off the Portuguese continental slope.

Zenk, Walter and Armi, Lorenz (1990) The complex spreading pattern of Mediterranean Water off the Portuguese continental slope. Open Access Deep Sea Research Part A. Oceanographic Research Papers, 37 (12). pp. 1805-1823. DOI 10.1016/0198-0149(90)90079-B.

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Abstract

Two stacked outflow cores of the Mediterranean Water undercurrent pass through a broad “gateway” between Cape St. Vincent and Gettysburg Bank entering the Iberian Basin. The upper core (depth ∼750 m, σ1=31.85) shows a strong tendency to follow the contours of the Portuguese continental rise. Yet, the lower core (depth ∼1250 m, σ1=32.25) primarily meanders west and northwestward forming large blobs of Mediterranean Water. The predominance of isolated Meddy structures embedded in a background field is reflected in a long-term current meter record from the deep Iberian Basin.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: R.V. Poseidon; POS159 ; M9; R.V. Meteor
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/0198-0149(90)90079-B
ISSN: 0198-0149
Projects: SFB133
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Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:39
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 14:15
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/31972

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