Southward subsurface flow below the Somali Current

Quadfasel, Detlef R. and Schott, Friedrich (1983) Southward subsurface flow below the Somali Current Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 88 (C10). pp. 5973-5979. DOI 10.1029/JC088iC10p05973.

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The existence of a southward‐flowing current beneath the northern part of the seasonally reversing Somali Current is documented in a 2½‐year‐long time series of currents obtained at moored stations near 5°N about 30 km off the Somali coast. Its mean annual transport in the layer 150–600 m amounts to about 5×106 m3/s. The undercurrent has a pronounced seasonal cycle in phase with the near surface flow, suggesting a close coupling to the monsoonal wind forcing. With the spin‐up of the deepreaching northern Somali gyre after the onset of the southwest monsoon, the undercurrent is temporarily destroyed in the northern Somali Basin during June/July but is re‐established in August. The undercurrent does not reach 3°N but turns offshore north of that latitude.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1029/JC088iC10p05973
ISSN: 2169-9275
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 14:06

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