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The retroflection of part of the East Greenland Current at Cape Farewell

Holliday, N.P., Meyer, A., Bacon, S., Alderson, S. and de Cuevas, B. (2007) The retroflection of part of the East Greenland Current at Cape Farewell Geophysical Research Letters, 34, (7), L07609. (doi:10.1029/2006GL029085).

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The East Greenland Current (EGC) and the smaller East Greenland Coastal Current (EGCC) provide the major conduit for cold fresh polar water to enter the lower latitudes of the North Atlantic. They flow equatorward through the western Irminger Basin and around Cape Farewell into the Labrador Sea. The surface circulation and transport of the Cape Farewell boundary current region in summer 2005 is described. The EGCC merges with Arctic waters of the EGC to the south of Cape Farewell, forming the West Greenland Current. The EGC transport decreases from 15.5 Sv south of Cape Farewell to 11.7 Sv in the eastern Labrador Sea (where the water becomes known as Irminger Sea Water). The decrease in EGC transport is balanced by the retroflection of a substantial proportion of the boundary current (5.1 Sv) into the central Irminger Basin; a new pathway for fresh water into the interior of the subpolar gyre.

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Submitted date: 13 December 2006
Published date: 2007
Organisations: National Oceanography Centre,Southampton


Local EPrints ID: 44770
ISSN: 0094-8276
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Date deposited: 14 Mar 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:13

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Author: N.P. Holliday
Author: A. Meyer
Author: S. Bacon
Author: S. Alderson
Author: B. de Cuevas

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