A quasi-synoptic survey of the thermocline circulation and water mass distribution within the Canary Basin.

Käse, Rolf H., Price, James F., Richardson, Philip L. and Zenk, Walter (1986) A quasi-synoptic survey of the thermocline circulation and water mass distribution within the Canary Basin. Open Access Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 91 (C8). p. 9739. DOI 10.1029/JC091iC08p09739.

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Abstract

Shipboard hydrographic measurements and moored current meters are used to infer both the large-scale and mesoscale water mass distribution and features of the general circulation in the Canary Basin. We found a convoluted current system dominated by the time-dependent meandering of the eastward flowing Azores Current and the formation of mesoscale eddies. At middepths, several distinctly different water masses are identified: Subpolar Mode and Labrador Sea Water are centered in the northwest, Subantarctic Intermediate Water is centered in the southeast, and the saltier, warmer Mediterranean tongue lies between them. Mesoscale structures of these water masses suggest the presence of middepth meanders and detached eddies which may be caused by fluctuations of the Azores Current.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/JC091iC08p09739
ISSN: 0148-0227
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 11:25
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/32812

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