Turbulent jets and eddies in the california current and inferred cross-shore transports.

Abstract

The instantaneous California Current is seen to consist of intense meandering current filaments (jets) intermingled with synoptic-mesoscale eddies. These quasi-geostrophic jets entrain cold, upwelled coastal waters and rapidly advect them far offshore; this behavior accounts for the elongated, cool surface features that are seen extending across the California Current region in satellite infrared imagery. The associated advective mechanism should provide significant cross-shore transports of heat, nutrients, biota, and pollutants. The dynamics of the current system should be crucially influenced by its highly variable structure.

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@article{Mooers1984TurbulentJA, title={Turbulent jets and eddies in the california current and inferred cross-shore transports.}, author={Calvin N. Mooers and Alexandra R. Robinson}, journal={Science}, year={1984}, volume={223 4631}, pages={51-3} }