Wind-forced variations in the Brazil-Malvinas confluence region as simulated in a coarse resolution numerical model of the South Atlantic

L. T. Smith, E. P. Chassignet, Donald Olson

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The observed seasonal and interannual fluctuations in the Brazil-Malvinas confluence region are investigated using a wind-driven isopycnic coordinate model of the South Atlantic Ocean south of 10°S. It is concluded that the locally wind-forced semiannual signal south of the confluence is significantly damped before reaching the Brazil Current region by several factors: friction, the opposing flow of the current itself, and the inability of the Malvinas to penetrate the subtropical circulation that is confined to the upper model layers. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5095-5117
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume99
Issue numberC3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Wind-forced variations in the Brazil-Malvinas confluence region as simulated in a coarse resolution numerical model of the South Atlantic. / Smith, L. T.; Chassignet, E. P.; Olson, Donald.

In: Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 99, No. C3, 01.01.1994, p. 5095-5117.

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