What drives mid-latitudinal convection and the formation of Subantarctic Mode Water

Ribbe, Joachim (1997) What drives mid-latitudinal convection and the formation of Subantarctic Mode Water. International WOCE Newsletter, 29. pp. 20-26. ISSN 1029-1725


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During the July WOCE Southern Ocean workshop in Hobart, the formation of Subantarctic Mode Water (SAMW) and Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW) was one of the many topics discussed in detail. One issue that was particularly emphasized, was the likely role of northward directed Ekman transport across the path of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and a possible contribution made by Antarctic-origin surface water to SAMW characteristics. Rintoul and Bullister (1997) reported some evidence of this contribution along the northsouth WOCE SR3 repeat section between Hobart and Antarctica. A northward directed Ekman transport of Antarctic-origin surface water is likely to explain the local freshening of the mixed layer observed north of the Subantarctic Front (SAF).

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:34
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Southern Ocean, water mass formation, Subantarctic Mode Water, Antarctic, mixing, convection
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1078

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