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Retroflection of part of the east Greenland current at Cape Farewell


Holliday, NP and Meyer, A and Bacon, S and Alderson, SG and de Cuevas, B, Retroflection of part of the east Greenland current at Cape Farewell, Geophysical Research Letters, 34 Article L07609. ISSN 0094-8276 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2007 American Geophysical Union

DOI: doi:10.1029/2006GL029085


The east Greenland current (EGC) and the smaller east Greenland coastal current (EGCC) provide the major conduit for cold fresh polar water to enter the lower latitudes of the North Atlantic. They flow equatorward through the western Irminger Basin and around Cape Farewell into the Labrador Sea. The surface circulation and transport of the Cape Farewell boundary current region in summer 2005 is described. The EGCC merges with Arctic waters of the EGC to the south of Cape Farewell, forming the west Greenland current. The EGC transport decreases from 15.5 Sv south of Cape Farewell to 11.7 Sv in the eastern Labrador Sea (where the water becomes known as Irminger Sea Water). The decrease in EGC transport is balanced by the retroflection of a substantial proportion of the boundary current (5.1 Sv) into the central Irminger Basin; a new pathway for fresh water into the interior of the subpolar gyre.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Greenland, current, subpolar, Cape Farewell, North Atlantic Transport Gyre
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:Meyer, A (Dr Amelie Meyer)
ID Code:125319
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-05-09
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