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Temporal changes in the water mass distribution and transports along the 20W CAIBOX section (NE Atlantic)


Carracedo, LI and Pardo, PC and Villacieros-Robineau, N and De la Granda, F and Gilcoto, M and Perez, FF, Temporal changes in the water mass distribution and transports along the 20 W CAIBOX section (NE Atlantic), Ciencias Marinas, 38, (1B) pp. 263-286. ISSN 0185-3880 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.7773/cm.v38i1B.1793


The CAIBOX cruise was conducted from 25 July to 14 August 2009. Three consecutive transects (zonal, meridional, and transverse) formed a closed box to the west of the Strait of Gibraltar. This study aimed to analyze the thermohaline properties, volume transports, and water mass distributions (percentages) along the meridional section (3041.5 N, 20 W). We identified the main geostrophic current (Azores Current) and its associated volume transport and interannual changes. Data from previous cruises (AZORES I, A16N, CLIVAR, OACES, and CHAOS) with similar tracks were employed to compare with the CAIBOX meridional section. All but one (CHAOS) were summer cruises. We estimated a mean transport for the Azores Current at 20 W of 9.3 2.6 Sv. There appears to be an inverse relation between the position of this current and its associated transport, with relatively high (low) transports when the current is located roughly south (north) of 35 N. Regarding water masses, an increase of 14.4% was found for Mediterranean Water compared with the 1993, 1998, and 2003 cruises; however, Labrador Sea Water decreased its contribution and southward spreading between 1998 and 2009. Key words: Northeast Atlantic, Azores Current, water masses, multiparametric mixing analysis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Northeast Atlantic, Azores Current, water masses, multiparametric mixing analysis
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
UTAS Author:Pardo, PC (Dr Paula Conde Pardo)
ID Code:103039
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2015-09-16
Last Modified:2015-09-16

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