The Importance of flow in the Mozambique Channel to seasonality in the greater Agulhas Current system.

Biastoch, Arne , Reason, C. J. C., Lutjeharms, J. R. E. and Boebel, O. (1999) The Importance of flow in the Mozambique Channel to seasonality in the greater Agulhas Current system. Open Access Geophysical Research Letters, 26 . pp. 3321-3324. DOI 10.1029/1999GL002349.

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Abstract

The temporal variability of the greater Agulhas Current system has important climatological consequences. Some recent results have suggested that this variability contains a large seasonal component, due to changes in the circulation at latitudes poleward of Madagascar only. A model simulation shows that the contribution of Tropical Surface Water to Agulhas Current waters, via the Mozambique Channel, also has a distinct seasonal characteristic that is brought about by the seasonal wind stress over the tropical Indian Ocean. This simulated flow through the Channel contributes substantially to the seasonality of the Agulhas Current. This model result is shown to be not inconsistent with available hydrographic observations.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Mozambique Channel, flow, seasonality, Agulhas Current system
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/1999GL002349
ISSN: 0094-8276
Projects: WOCE
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:24
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 14:12
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/7140

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