Seven-year current meter record in the eastern North Atlantic

Zenk, Walter and Müller, Thomas J. (1988) Seven-year current meter record in the eastern North Atlantic Deep Sea Research Part A. Oceanographic Research Papers, 35 (8). pp. 1259-1268. DOI 10.1016/0198-0149(88)90082-9.

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Continuous current measurements at the 1000 m level were obtained in the central Canary Basin of the northeast Atlantic near 33°N, 22°W for 2398 days. Even with this very long time series no statistically significant mean current could be estimated at that level, because the energetic fluctuations are large compared to the weak mean. In the eddy scale range, i.e. at current fluctuations are scales between 47 and 455 days, a pronounced anisotropy between zonal and meridional components is apparent. For the first time in the subtropical North Atlantic gyre our data allow confirmation of the expected spectral decrease beyond the eddy scale peak in an eastern basin. With respect to future global experiments we wonder if our results from an eastern basin location are representative for the general circulation at mid-ocean sites?

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/0198-0149(88)90082-9
ISSN: 0198-0149
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 12:43

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