Transport driven by eddy momentum fluxes in the Gulf Stream Extension region

Greatbatch, Richard, Zhai, Xiaoming, Claus, Martin, Czeschel, Lars and Rath, Willi (2010) Transport driven by eddy momentum fluxes in the Gulf Stream Extension region Geophysical Research Letters, 37 . L24401. DOI 10.1029/2010GL045473.

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The importance of the Gulf Stream Extension region in climate and seasonal prediction research is being increasingly recognised. Here we use satellite-derived eddy momentum fluxes to drive a shallow water model for the North Atlantic Ocean that includes the realistic ocean bottom topography. The results show that the eddy momentum fluxes can drive significant transport, sufficient to explain the observed increase in transport of the Gulf Stream following its separation from the coast at Cape Hatteras, as well as the observed recirculation gyres. The model also captures recirculating gyres seen in the mean sea surface height field within the North Atlantic Current system east of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, including a representation of the Mann Eddy.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Oceanography; Gulf Stream; eddy; flux
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2010GL045473
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 12:22
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 10:09

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