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, D. B. 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
Issue numberC3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


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  • Geophysics
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  • 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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