Boundary Currents and Watermass Transformation in Marginal Seas

  title={Boundary Currents and Watermass Transformation in Marginal Seas},
  author={Michael A. Spall},
  journal={Journal of Physical Oceanography},
  • M. Spall
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Geology
  • Journal of Physical Oceanography
The properties of watermass transformation and the thermohaline circulation in marginal seas with topography and subject to a spatially uniform net surface cooling are discussed. The net heat loss within the marginal sea is ultimately balanced by lateral advection from the open ocean in a narrow boundary current that flows cyclonically around the basin. Heat loss in the interior is offset by lateral eddy fluxes originating in the boundary current. The objectives of this study are to understand… Expand
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