RAFOS float trajectories in Meddies during the Semaphore Experiment, 1993-1995


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dc.contributor.author Richardson, Philip L.
dc.contributor.author Wooding, Christine M.
dc.coverage.spatial Canary Basin
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-21T18:24:26Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-21T18:24:26Z
dc.date.issued 1999-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/81
dc.description.abstract As part of the Semaphore Experiment four Meddies (Mediterranean Water Eddies) were discovered in the Canary Basin and tracked with freely drifting RAFOS floats. An additional Meddy was discovered off Lisbon by Pingree (1995) and also tracked with RAFOS floats. One large and energetic Meddy, discovered 1700 km west of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal, set a distance and speed record as it translated another 1700 km southwestward at 3.9 cm/sec during the 1.5 years. This Meddy traveled 57% of the distance from Cape St. Vincent toward the spot McDowell and Rossby (1978) found a possible Meddy north of the Dominican Republic. Four Meddies collided with tall seamounts which seemed to disrupt the normal swirl velocity perhaps fatally in three cases. One Meddy appeared to bifurcate when it collided with seamounts. This report describes the float trajectories in the Meddies and summarizes the main results. en
dc.description.sponsorship Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation under contract number OCE 93-01234. en
dc.format.extent 3047929 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WHOI Technical Reports en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WHOI-99-05 en
dc.subject Meddies en
dc.subject RAFOS floats en
dc.subject Semaphore en
dc.subject Ocean currents en
dc.subject Mediterranean Sea en
dc.title RAFOS float trajectories in Meddies during the Semaphore Experiment, 1993-1995 en
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1575/1912/81

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