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G163S10L10_northatlantic - Western Boundary Currents •...

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The Gulf Stream Gulf Stream is a western boundary current Important contributor to poleward heat  migrations Early maps determined by dead reckoning
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Cycles
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Benjamin Franklin’s Map
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Dead Reckoning
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Sverdrup’s Map
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Richardson's Atlas
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Richardson's Atlas
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Surface Drifters
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Surface Drifter Climatology
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Unformatted text preview: Western Boundary Currents • WBC’s are found in all subtropical gyres – Gulf Stream, Brazil Current, Kurishio • Creates asymmetric gyres • WBC’s have need to “rub up” to continent • Again, a boundary layer Surface Currents from Altimetry Data Assimilation Animation Dynamic Height What cause’s WBC’s?? • Need to understand vorticity. .....
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course GEOG 163 taught by Professor Siegel,d during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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