Extensive slope currents and the ocean-shelf boundary

Huthnance, J.M. ORCID: 1992 Extensive slope currents and the ocean-shelf boundary. Progress in Oceanography, 29 (2). 161-196.

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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.

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ISSN: 00796611
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