Global perspectives on observing ocean boundary current systems

Robert E. Todd, Francisco P. Chavez, Sophie Clayton, Sophie E. CRAVATTE, Marlos P. Goes, Michelle I. Graco, Xiaopei Lin, Janet Sprintall, Nathalie V. Zilberman, Matthew Archer, Javier Arístegui, Magdalena A. Balmaseda, John M. Bane, Molly O. Baringer, John A. Barth, Lisa M. Beal, Peter Brandt, Paulo H. Calil, Edmo Campos, Luca R. CenturioniMaria Paz Chidichimo, Mauro Cirano, Meghan F. Cronin, Enrique N. Curchitser, Russ E. Davis, Marcus Dengler, Brad DeYoung, Shenfu Dong, Ruben Escribano, Andrea J. Fassbender, Sarah E. Fawcett, Ming Feng, Gustavo J. Goni, Alison R. Gray, Dimitri Gutiérrez, Dave Hebert, Rebecca Hummels, Shin Ichi Ito, Marjolaine Krug, François Lacan, Lucas Laurindo, Alban Lazar, Craig M. Lee, Matthieu Lengaigne, Naomi Levine, John Middleton, Ivonne Montes, Mike Muglia, Takeyoshi Nagai, Hilary I. Palevsky, Jaime B. Palter, Helen E. Phillips, Alberto R. Piola, Albert J. Plueddemann, Bo Qiu, Regina R. Rodrigues, Thomas Rossby, Moninya Roughan, Daniel L. Rudnick, Ryan R. Rykaczewski, Martin Saraceno, Harvey Seim, Alex Sen Gupta, Lynne Shannon, Bernadette M. Sloyan, Adrienne J. Sutton, Lu Anne Thompson, Anja K. van der Plas, Denis Volkov, John Wilkin, Dongxiao Zhang, Linlin Zhang

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Ocean boundary current systems are key components of the climate system, are home to highly productive ecosystems, and have numerous societal impacts. Establishment of a global network of boundary current observing systems is a critical part of ongoing development of the Global Ocean Observing System. The characteristics of boundary current systems are reviewed, focusing on scientific and societal motivations for sustained observing. Techniques currently used to observe boundary current systems are reviewed, followed by a census of the current state of boundary current observing systems globally. Next steps in the development of boundary current observing systems are considered, leading to several specific recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number423
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Issue numberJUL
StatePublished - 2019


  • Autonomous underwater gliders
  • Drifters
  • Eastern Boundary Current Systems
  • Moorings
  • Ocean observing systems
  • Remote sensing
  • Time series
  • Western boundary current systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Ocean Engineering


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