Summer monsoon response of the northern Somali Current.

Schott, Friedrich, Fischer, Jürgen , Garternicht, U. and Quadfasel, D. (1997) Summer monsoon response of the northern Somali Current. Open Access Geophysical Research Letters, 24 (21). pp. 2565-2568. DOI 10.1029/97GL00888.

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Preliminary results on the development of the northern Somali Current regime and Great Whirl during the summer monsoon of 1995 are reported. They are based on the water mass and current profiling observations from three shipboard surveys of R/V Meteor and on the time series from a moored current-meter and ADCP array. The monsoon response of the GW was deep-reaching, to more than 1000m. involving large deep transports. The northern Somali Current was found to be disconnected from the interior Arabian Sea in latitude range 4°N–12°N in both, water mass properties and current fields. Instead, communication dominantly occurs through the passages between Socotra and the African continent. From moored stations in the main passage a northward throughflow from the Somali Current to the Gulf of Aden of about 5 Sv was determined for the summer monsoon of 1995.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Summer monsoon, northern Somali Current
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/97GL00888
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:23
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 12:02

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