Summertime synoptic variability of frontal systems in the northern Bering Sea

G. Gawarkiewicz, J. C. Haney, M. J. Caruso

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Abstract

Hydrographic observations in the northern Bering Sea during August and September 1987 indicate the presence of a front dividing relatively warm, fresh Bering Shelf Water from relatively cool, saline Anadyr Water along the western and northern coasts of St. Lawrence Island near Anadyr Strait. A buoyant layer 20 m thick with surface salinities as low as 29.5 practical salinity units and a maximum temperature of 10°C was present adjacent to the island. The surface outcrop of the front migrated 80 km north during the nine-day time period of the hydrographic observations. Surface thermal patterns suggest that this front may extend the length of the northern coastline of St. Lawrence Island during the summer. Transport associated with the front, especially through the Bering Strait is discussed. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7617-7625
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume99
Issue numberC4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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