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Monitoring the Atlantic Circumpolar Current in the Drake Passage: oceanography in the Drake Passage: wherefrom, whereto and what in between?

Morales Maqueda, Miguel Angel; Heywood, Karen; Meredith, Michael. 2010 Monitoring the Atlantic Circumpolar Current in the Drake Passage: oceanography in the Drake Passage: wherefrom, whereto and what in between? Eos: Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 91 (15). 135. 10.1029/2010EO150003

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Abstract/Summary

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), the world’s largest oceanic flow (∼135 million cubic meters per second), is an important component of the ocean climate, as it connects the three major oceanic basins. Deep Atlantic water upwells between the ACC and Antarctica and returns to the Atlantic, thus contributing to the closure of the global overturning circulation. The Drake Passage, between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica, is the region where the ACC is most constricted by landmasses and, owing to its narrowness, is the most convenient place to monitor the ACC. The Drake Passage also has considerable oceanographic interest because it lies along the cold, returning route of the global overturning circulation and is a region of strong deepwater mixing

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2010EO150003
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Climate, ocean circulation and sea level
BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Polar Oceans
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Published 2010 American Geophysical Union. Not subject to US Copyright.
Additional Keywords: DRAKE PASSAGE; ANTARCTIC CIRCUMPOLAR CURRENT; SOUTHERN OCEAN; SUSTAINED OBSERVATIONS
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Earth Sciences
Date made live: 24 Feb 2011 15:45
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13289

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