Observations of an Agulhas undercurrent

Lisa M. Beal, Harry L. Bryden

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An Agulhas Undercurrent has been directly measured on two occasions using a new acoustic current profiling technique (Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, LADCP). The core of the Undercurrent is centred around a depth of 1200 m, against the continental slope and directly below the surface core of the south-westward flowing Agulhas Current. Maximum velocities of 30 cm s-1 to the north-east are observed in the Undercurrent, and its volume transport is 6 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s-1), approximately one-tenth that of the Agulhas Current.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1715-1724
Number of pages10
JournalDeep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science


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