Kinematic structure and transport of currents in the north-western tropical Atlantic

Kinematic structure and transport of currents in the north-western tropical Atlantic Oceanographic data from the regional data bank, covering a period from 1911 through to 1990, in combination with the climatic tangential wind stress data have been applied to determine the historical fields of summary currents in the north-western tropical Atlantic; currents of the major circulation elements in the active layer have been specified. It has been confirmed that a significant, in terms of climate, transport of surface and subsurface waters by the geostrophic component of the North Brazil current (NBC) to the northern tropical Atlantic does not take place. North-west of 2oN and 45o W, the current turns eastward, thus contributing to the generation of the equatorial countercurrent. The transport of the NBC within a 0–500 m layer near 1o N has been evaluated to be equivalent to 50 Sv, and the mean annual transport of the equatorial countercurrent to 30 Sv. Physical Oceanography Springer Journals

Kinematic structure and transport of currents in the north-western tropical Atlantic

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by VSP
Earth Sciences; Oceanography; Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry; Atmospheric Sciences; Climate Change; Environmental Physics
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