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The Mean Upper-Layer Flow in the Central Gulf of Mexico by a New Method

Title: The Mean Upper-Layer Flow in the Central Gulf of Mexico by a New Method.
Name(s): Sturges, Wilton, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
Date Issued: 2016-10
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Previous studies have found a puzzling disagreement between two large datasets and the results of numerical models in the central Gulf of Mexico. The observations suggest an upper-layer mean flow to the west of order 10 cm s(-1), while the numerical models find no such mean flow. A new technique is used here, using 23 yr of satellite-derived sea surface height data, to estimate the mean flow. This third, independent set of data yields the same westward flow found in previous studies. These findings require that there be sinking in the western Gulf. The details of the return flow remain an intriguing problem.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000384025700002 (IID), 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0062.1 (DOI)
Keywords: Circulation, drifters, Evolution, loop current, numerical-models, rings, shelf, velocity, western gulf, yucatan channel
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Physical Oceanography.
Issue: iss. 10, vol. 46