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Circulation of the gyres of the world ocean: Observation modeling using TOPEX/Poseidon altimeter dataThe overall objectives of the proposed investigation are to study the dynamics of the large-scale recirculating cells of water in the ocean, which are loosely defined as 'gyres' in this study. A gyre is normally composed of a swift western boundary current (e.g., the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio), a tight recirculating cell attached to the current, and a large-scale sluggish return flow. The water, of course, is not entirely recirculating within a gyre. The exchange of water among gyres is an important process in maintaining the meridional heat transport of the ocean. The gyres constitute a major mode of water movement in the ocean and play significant roles in the global climate system.
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Fu, Lee-Lueng
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Zlotnicki, V.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Holland, W. R.
(National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder, CO., United States)
Malanotte-Rizzoli, P.
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge., United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
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Publication: TOPEX(Poseidon Science Investigations Plan
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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