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South African TOPEX/Poseidon altimeter experimentThe area surrounding the southern tip of Africa contains a juxtaposition of a variety of interesting and climatically relevant features. On the Indian Ocean side, the Agulhas Current with its tributaries form a conduit through which much of the southern Indian Ocean surface flow is focused. South of the continent, this flow is fragmented and partially injected into the Atlantic Ocean and across the Subtropical Convergence into the Southern Ocean. To the west of the subcontinent, the circulation of the South Atlantic subtropical gyre in the Cape Basin interacts with the vigorous Benguela upwelling regime. The creation, transformation, and transport of water masses and the intra-annual and climatic importance of all these processes have been specifically recognized by the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE). The South African TOPEX/POSEIDON Altimeter Experiment addresses many of these issues through four mutually complementary and interrelated subprojects.
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Gruendlingh, Marten L.
(National Research Inst. for Oceanology Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Shannon, L. V.
(Sea Fisheries Research Inst. Cape Town, South Africa)
Lutjeharms, J. R.
(Cape Town Univ. South Africa)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
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Publication: JPL, TOPEX(Poseidon Science Investigations Plan
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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