|Subsurface eddies in the Arctic Ocean|
Hunkins, K.L. (1974). Subsurface eddies in the Arctic Ocean. Deep-Sea Res., Part 1, Oceanogr. Res. Pap. 21(12): 1017-1033
In: Deep-Sea Research, Part I. Oceanographic Research Papers. Elsevier: Oxford. ISSN 0967-0637; e-ISSN 1879-0119, meer
Motion > Water motion > Circulation > Water circulation > Ocean circulation > Oceanic eddies
In March and April of 1972, 4 transient undercurrents were associated with eddies at depths between 50 and 300 m in the Arctic Ocean. The velocity profile was parabolic with a maximum of 40 cm s-1) at 150 m. 2 of the eddies were anticyclonic and 2 cyclonic. The eddies persisted at least several days, they were 10-20 km in diam, and were separated by 20-50 km. The subsurface currents in the eddies were swifter than those in the upper mixed layer, with little correlation between the 2 levels. The eddies are believed to have their origin in the instability of the basic baroclinic current.