Gyre-scale circulation cells in the red-sea

Type Article
Date 1993
Language English
Author(s) Quadfasel D, Baudner H
Affiliation(s) DEUTSCH WETTERDIENST,SEEWETTERAMT HAMBURG,W-2000 HAMBURG 36,GERMANY
Source Oceanologica Acta (0399-1784) (Gauthier-Villars), 1993 , Vol. 16 , N. 3 , P. 221-229
WOS© Times Cited 58
Keyword(s) RED SEA, CIRCULATION OF MARGINAL SEAS, TOPOGRAPHIC GYRES
Abstract High resolution synoptic hydrographic surveys carried out during 1982 to 1987 are used to delineate the two-dimensional baroclinic flow pattern of the Red Sea. it is shown that the circulation can be characterized through a succession Of four gyres, some 200 km in diameter, the locations of which are linked to the major topographic basins of the Red Sea. The gyres have a transport almost an order of magnitude larger than the large-scale thermohaline driven flow. They appear to be forced by the strongly rotational wind field over the Red Sea.
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