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Extensive slope currents and the ocean-shelf boundary

Huthnance, J.M.. 1992 Extensive slope currents and the ocean-shelf boundary. Progress in Oceanography, 29 (2). 161-196. 10.1016/0079-6611(92)90023-S

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Abstract/Summary

Slope currents are one manifestation of ocean-shelf interaction, which is reviewed for length scales comparable with or greater than the shelf or slope width. Coastal trapped wave forms provide a basis for describing sub-inertial-frequency flow in the shelf-slope context. Such waves propagate cyclonically around ocean basins (a bias extending to energy propagation) and eventually decay through energy loss by friction, scattering or radiation. I discuss implications for remote forcing, for the along-shelf development of forced flows of all kinds, for the on-shelf penetration of oceanic flow structures (according to length and frequency scales and the degree of dissipation) and hence for coastal monitoring of oceanic circulation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/0079-6611(92)90023-S
Programmes: POL Programmes
ISSN: 00796611
Date made live: 01 Jul 2013 15:47 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/502476

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