Seasonal and Interannual Variations of the European Slope Current
Event: 2014 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting
Session: Science Results from Satellite Altimetry: Regional and basin-scale processes and sea level rise
Presentation type: Type Poster
Contribution: PDF file
There is a clear seasonal modulation of the currents, with peak poleward flow in December-January and a minimum in June-July. We examined the winter flow at 8 key sections along the continental shelf, and found that in all cases anomalies in the seasonal flow are correlated with the state of the North Atlantic Oscillation. Elsewhere in the northeast Atlantic we were able to resolve 4 branches of the North Atlantic Current, and clarify the locations of 5 anticyclonic eddies, 3 of which are persistent features, with the others being absent in some seasons.