|Author(s)||Ollitrault Michel1, Lankhorst Matthias2, Fratantoni David3, Richardson Philip3, Zenk Walter2|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Leibniz Inst Meereswissensch, GEOMAR, D-24105 Kiel, Germany.
3 : Woods Hole Oceanog Inst, Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA.
|Source||Geophysical Research Letters (0094-8276) (American Geophysical Union), 2006-03 , Vol. 33|
|WOS© Times Cited||40|
|Keyword(s)||Seasonal fluctuations, Float data, Zonal current, Antarctic intermediate Water, Equatorial Atlantic ocean|
|Abstract||Acoustic float data collected near 800 m depth, are used to map zonal mean currents within the Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW) tongue in the equatorial Atlantic. Alternating zonal jets of 2° latitudinal width are revealed between 6°S and 6°N. Displacements from profiling floats drifting near 1000 m depth, also reveal similar zonal jets at the base of the AAIW layer. The strongest jets (15 cm s−1 peak) are found at 4°S, 2°S, 0°, 2°N and 4°N. They are coherent longitudinally over order of 3000 km and, poleward of 1°S and 1°N, generally coherent vertically between 800 m and 1000 m. Large seasonal fluctuations exist at both levels: within 1° of equator, AAIW at 800 m flows westward (8 cm s−1 mean) in boreal summer and fall but eastward (3 cm s−1 mean) in winter, whereas the flow at 1000 m is eastward in late fall and winter.|
Ollitrault Michel, Lankhorst Matthias, Fratantoni David, Richardson Philip, Zenk Walter (2006). Zonal intermediate currents in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 33. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1029/2005GL025368 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00000/1112/