Signatures of stirring and mixing near the Gulf Stream front

G. L. Hitchcock

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Abstract

In October, 1986 the surface waters adjacent to the Gulf Stream front were surveyed with an undulating profiler to describe the finescale structure of the mixed layer. The survey first defined the structure of a cyclonic eddy which resembled frontal eddies of the South Atlantic Bight in sea surface temperature imagery. The Seasoar transects revealed, however, that the cyclonic eddy lacked a cold dome typically seen in frontal eddies. Farther downstream the Seasoar defined the structure of streamers of Gulf Stream and Shelf water wrapped about the southern edge of a warm-core ring. The dimensions and temporal history of the streamers was described from SST imagery, and the surface flow derived from ship's drift vectors. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-836
Number of pages40
JournalJournal of Marine Research
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography

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