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Recent freshening of the East Australian Current and its eddies


Rykova, T and Oke, PR, Recent freshening of the East Australian Current and its eddies, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, (21) pp. 9369-9378. ISSN 0094-8276 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2015 American Geophysical Union

DOI: doi:10.1002/2015GL066050


The East Australian Current (EAC) has a relatively weak mean flow and an energetic eddy field that dominates the circulation. The properties of the mean flow have been studied in detail, but the changes in the eddy field have received little attention. We analyze Argo temperature and salinity profiles for 20052012 to construct a picture of the time-mean and time-varying properties of EAC eddies. We find that eddies and the surrounding waters of the western Tasman Sea are freshening at a rate of 0.0170.025 practical salinity unit/yr over the top 100 m, with no significant temperature change. Consistent with the observations, fields from an eddy-resolving ocean model show freshening, with no temperature trend. Moreover, the model results indicate that observed changes are significant in the context of the variability over the last 20 years and may be part of a multiyear (perhaps decadal) cycle. We attribute the freshening of the region to increased precipitation off Eastern Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Rykova, T (Dr Tatiana Rykova)
UTAS Author:Oke, PR (Dr Peter Oke)
ID Code:118714
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-18
Last Modified:2017-08-29
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